by aditya abhishek
If you are planning to grow a fruit tree in your garden, then planting Chikoo or Sapodilla can be a great choice as they are easy to grow in pots.
You can plant Chikoo during February to March or from July to Novemeber. They produce fruits 3 years after plantation so you should have patience.
Deep alluvial to sandy loam soil is good for growing Chikoo. You can prepare potting mix with 50% soil + 40% dung manure + 5% neem fertilizer + 5% bonemeal.
Chikoo plant requires direct sunlight for at least 6-8 hours a day. Place the pot in a location that receives ample sunlight.
Keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Apply water in the pot whenever the top inch layer of the soil feels dry. Avoid waterlogging to avoid root rot.
From February to September, apply two handful leaf compost + one tablespoon bonemeal + 1/2 teaspoon micronutrients once a month for better growth of the plant.
Once the plant reaches a height of about 3 feet, pinch off the top growth to encourage branching and a bushier plant. This way, you can restrict plant height in pots.
Pests like aphids, scale insects, or mealybugs can infest your plant. If you notice any infestations, treat them with organic insecticidal soap or neem oil.
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