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Belonging to Myrtaceae family, Cloves are the aromatic dried flower buds of the evergreen tree. Clove is native to India and Indonesia and has been used as a Spice. The evergreen trees grow up to some 40 feet tall. The entire Clove Plant is very fragrant and aromatic.The tree grows well in humid Tropical Climates. The Clove Plant is a slow growing but long living Plant. The Plant can exceed 100 years of age easily. Clove flower buds change from green to pinkish-red in 5-6 months and then they are picked and sun dried for further use.
The Clove plant has a very good demand in local as well as International Markets due to its health benefits.
Instructions for planting
- Clove requires a tropical Climate for its healthy and strong growth. It cannot withstand cold temperatures.
- Clove requires rich and loamy soil for its growth. The soil should be well-drained and should have sufficient quantity of organic matter.
- When the clove plant starts growing, apply 40-gram urea, 110-gram superphosphate, and 80-gram MOP. Potassium Sulfate could also be used in place of MOP.
- Watering the plant is necessary for the first 3-4 years.
- The plant suffers from seedling wilt, leaf rot, leaf spot and bud shedding. So proper attention should be given to plant in such circumstances.
- The fertilizer must be applied in equal split doses.
- The Clove starts flowering after 6 years of its plantation if grown in favorable Conditions.
Instructions for Care
- One part of Clove tree care is to put up shade plants like Banana Plant to protect the young seedlings in early years.
- Extreme care should be taken to keep the soil well-moistured during summer months.
- The plant basin should be mulched and should always be kept weed-free.
- Pests controls should be sprayed to save the plant from the pest attack.
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