Dr. Harimuraleedharan from Kottarakkara in Kollam has been reaping a rich harvest by sowing unique ideas in his orchard named ‘Green Grama’. He cultivates all the major species of fruit plants from tropical countries, which are suitable for the climate of Kerala, in his orchard.
He grows many fruit plants from Brazil, South America, Malaysia, Indonesia, Africa and other countries along with our native coconut tree and jackfruit tree. More than 350 varieties of plants are in his orchard.
Rainforest plum and Bolevian achachairu from Amazon rainforests, mamey sapota - the world’s biggest sapota, Senegal madfruit, African marula, and calabash nutmeg are grown complementary to each other, leaving accurate space between them and without excess of shade. Cow dung is the main fertiliser used in this biodiverse garden. Proper irrigation is provided even during summer.
Plants akin to jackfruit tree such as cempedak, marang, lakoocha, pedalai, kwai muk and keledang, and foreign plants related to mango tree such as binjai, mangifera pajang and laurina are found aplenty in this orchard. He finds the plants suitable for the local weather and brings them here after his continuous experiments and observation in Green Grama. Growing foreign plants in different methods to suit our climate is a difficult task, says Harimuraleedharan.
Rare fruits like kesusu from Borneo island, and olosapo, safou and engkala fruits from Ecuador are grown in this orchard, which may not be found even in the possession of a fruit plant collector. Harimuraleedharan collects all these foreign varieties of plants with the help of his friends here and abroad. Many a visitors keep coming here, to see the flora in Green Grama.