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- Common name:
- Sapota Variegated, Sapodilla Variegated, Chikkoo Variegated, Chikoo Variegated, Chiku Variegated
- Regional name:
- Marathi - Chickoo, Hindi - Chickoo
- Fruit Plants, Trees
- Sapotaceae or Chikoo family
Chikoo, also known as Sapodilla or Kalapati, is a tropical fruit-bearing tree native to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Its scientific name is Manilkara zapota, and it is well-known for its sweet and delicious fruit.
Site selection: Chikoo trees prefer well-drained, sandy loam soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0. Choose a sunny location with enough space for the tree to grow, as they can reach heights of 30-40 feet.
Planting time: The ideal time to plant Chikoo is during the rainy season when the soil is moist and temperatures are moderate.
Planting method: Dig a hole that is twice the size of the root ball. Gently remove the tree from its container, ensuring not to damage the roots. Place the tree in the hole, fill it with soil, and water it thoroughly.
Watering: Chikoo trees require regular watering, especially during the first few years. Water deeply every 7-10 days, ensuring the soil remains moist but not waterlogged.
Fertilizing: Apply a balanced fertilizer to the tree during the growing season. Use a slow-release formula with equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
Pruning: Prune Chikoo trees to maintain a manageable height and to promote branching. Remove dead or diseased branches, as well as any that cross or rub against each other.
Pest control: Chikoo trees can be affected by pests like aphids, mealybugs, and scale insects. Monitor the tree regularly and apply organic or chemical pesticides as needed.
Disease control: Keep an eye out for signs of fungal or bacterial infections, such as leaf spots or cankers. Treat any issues promptly with appropriate fungicides or bactericides.
Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the tree to help conserve moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weeds.
Nutritional benefits: Chikoo fruits are rich in vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber, making them a nutritious addition to your diet.
Medicinal properties: The fruit and other parts of the tree have been used in traditional medicine for treating various ailments, such as digestive issues, respiratory problems, and skin conditions.
Environmental benefits: Chikoo trees help improve air quality, prevent soil erosion, and provide habitat for wildlife.
Culinary uses: Chikoo fruits can be consumed fresh, used in desserts, or made into jams, juices, and wines.