Gardeners have been noticing the neem tree ( Azadirachta Indica) in recent years because of its oil, a safe and effective herbicide. But that’s only the beginning. This versatile tree, native to Asia and tropical India, has many uses. Please continue reading for information about neem trees, including their benefits and services.
Neem Tree uses
Oil – Neem oil is made from the oil-rich neem seed. It is highly resistant to several pests, including:
- Fungus gnats
It can also be used as an insect repellent. This oil is commonly found in shampoos, soaps, lotions, and other skincare products. The oil is a powerful fungicide and can treat issues such as powdery mildew or black spot.
Bark– Although it isn’t widespread, Neem bark can treat gum disease. Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities make it an effective treatment in mouthwash form. Natives used to chew the twigs as impromptu toothbrushes. The sticky bark resin is often used as glue.
Flowers The sweet scent of the Neem tree, which honeybees love, is widely appreciated. It is also appreciated for its calming effects.
Wood– Neem can proliferate in poor soil and conditions. Therefore, the wood is a vital source of clean-burning fuelwood in many frost-free areas around the globe.
Cake– The pulpy substance left over after oil has been extracted from seeds is called “Cake”. It can be used as a mulch and fertilizer and is often used to prevent diseases such as mildew or rust. Sometimes, it is used as livestock feed.
Leaves – Neem leaves can be used in paste form to treat skin conditions like chickenpox, fungus and warts.
How to grow a Neem Tree
Neem can withstand temperatures up to 120°F (50 C.). The tree will lose its leaves if it experiences prolonged cool weather below 35 degrees F (5 C). The tree will not tolerate extreme cold, wet conditions, or prolonged drought. However, it is possible to grow a tree indoors to find fresh neem trees seeds.
You can plant fresh neem seedlings outdoors in the ground or trays and pots. Then transplant them outside after three months. Rooting cuttings can be done in the fall or winter if you have access to mature trees.
Neem Tree Care and Growth
Neem trees need plenty of sunlight. Regular moisture is essential for the trees. However, it is important not to overwater as they won’t tolerate too dry or wet soil. Between every watering, let the soil dry.
It would help feed the tree once per month in spring and summer. Diluted fish oil can also be applied.