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Subtropical / Neem tree (Azadirachta indica)

Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) Neem tree (Azadirachta indica)
Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) Neem tree (Azadirachta indica)
Neem tree (Azadirachta indica)
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The neem tree is considered as the ´town pharmacy´ by many people in India, through the many medicinal applications of the leaves, bark and fruits.

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€ 3,50
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Family: Meliaceae
Scientific name: Azadirachta indica
Common name: Neem tree
Origin: India

The neem tree is considered as the ´town pharmacy´ by many people in India, through the many medicinal applications of the leaves, bark and fruits. Since ages, parts of this tree have been used to fight infections, digestive problems, skin problems and for dental care. The tree can indeed help with certain health issues, however not all applications are scientifically proven, and long-term use can be harmful. Neem oil is a well-known product in the Netherlands, and is obtained from the fruits of the Neem tree.
Furthermore the Neem tree contains a natural insecticide ‘azadirachtin’ in all parts of the tree. Locust plagues can leave a whole landscape barren, but they don’t eat the leaves of the Neem tree. In agriculture leaves are spread in plantations, in order to reduce insect infestations. Mosquitos also don’t like this substance, and leaves of the Neem tree are used to combat malaria infections.
It is a tropical tree which can be kept as an indoor plant. In summer months, the plant can also be moved outdoors. A well-drained sandy soil and a sunny spot are ideal. The plant can withstand drought well.

Sowing instructions: The seeds have a short viability, and should be sown as soon as possible. Soak the seeds for 12 hours in lukewarm water, and sow them in sowing mix at 25-35 degC to let them germinate. Keep the soil constantly moist. Germination occurs after a few weeks.    

Sowing time: Whole year
Difficulty: Intermediate
Minimum temperature: 5 degrees Celsius

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