The neem plant (medicinal plant) is one of the most promising of all plants, may eventually benefit every person on the planet. Probably no other plant yields as many varied products or has as many exploitable by-products. Indeed, as foreseen by some scientists, this tree may usher in a new era in pest control; provide millions with inexpensive medicines; cut the rate of population growth; and perhaps even reduce erosion, deforestation, and the excessive temperature of an overheated globe.
On the other hand, although the enthusiasm may be justified, neem plant largely founded on exploratory investigations and empirical and anecdotal evidence. The purpose of this note is to marshal the various facts about this little-known species, to help illuminate its future promise, and to speed realization of its potential.
Scientific Name : Azadirachta indica
Common Name : Neem, Nimtree, and Indian Lilac
How to maintain neem plant:
Types of soil : Neem (medicinal plant) grows in almost all types of soil. Growing neem tree is simple as it can be grown in any type of soil which includes clayey, saline, black cotton soil and alkaline soils.
Temperature : Place your pot in a warm temperature. It is definitely better to cover the seeds with about one inch deep soil in a nursery. Even if you want to grow multiple trees, start your seeds in small pots. The most remembered gardening tip to grow neem tree is to begin cultivating it in spring as the temperature at that time is best suited for germination. Seeds usually take about three to four weeks to germinate.
Light : Avoid sunlight .There is also a way to grow young neem tree in a large pot with drainage holes but make sure to use the best potting mix. Potted neem tree can be kept in natural sunlight and an outdoor environment from spring to late summers, however try to keep the tree indoor after the arrival of fall. Never place the tree in the hot sun for long hours when the young tree starts to show signs of growth. It is also good to provide fluorescent light for several hours during the dark winter months as this helps the tree to respond positively and to continue its growth.
fertilizer : Apply organic fertilizer. Next plant the neem tree after digging a hole that is larger than the pot size or root system. Make sure to plant the tree deeply to cover the total root ball. Try to grow the neem tree by filling the hole after you set the plant into it.
The most important gardening tip is to water young trees once a week with an organic fertilizer like liquid fish emulsions. Be careful to follow the instructions before applying the fertilizer. You need to apply one-half strength dilution of fish emulsion with 1 gallon of water. It is important not to fertilize the tree during winter.
Soil: Soil need to dry;Remember to water the young tree if you want it to retain the moisture in the soil.
Prune : It is better to prune your young tree during spring if you want to maintain a manageable size. You can also prune during late summer.