Curd, honey, sugar syrup... here are some tricks to boost yield of drumstick tree
Drumstick tree is very common in the households in Kerala. The drumstick leaves are nutritious and have high demand in market. The price of drumstick had risen to Rs 600 per kilogram during off seasons. Sometimes, drumstick trees do not bloom and yield at proper times. There are some tips to enhance blooming. Let's try to take care of the plants during lockdown.
Curd and asafoetida for blooming
- This is a traditional trick practiced by farmers to make drumstick plant bloom.
- Add 10 grams of milky white asafoetida to one litre curd and mix it well.
- Sprinkle this mixture on drumstick leaves when there is no rain.
- Curd and asafoetida can be replaced with buttermilk and coconut water also.
Honey or sugar syrup for yield
- This trick is for making the bloomed drumstick give yield faster.
- Mix 100 grams of honey or sugar in one litre water.
- Sprinkle this mixture on the drumstick flowers in evenings.
- This will help boost pollination and increase yield.
Fertilizer and smoking
- A plant need to absorb at least 16 elements from the soil to bloom and give yield. When nutrients are insufficient, it affects yield.
- Drumstick tree blooms in December. During the months before this, buy some micronutrient mix from agri shops and pour down at the bottom of the plant.
- Hormone medicines bought from agri shops also is good for boosting yield.
- Also make a channel at one feet distance from the root and apply 5 kilogram organic fertilizers once in a month.
- When the plant blooms, burn some coconut husk a little far from the plant and smoke the leaves slightly in the evening once in a week.