Description for Chiku, Chikku, Chikoo ( Grown through Seeds )
Manilkara zapota, commonly known as the sapodilla is a long-lived, evergreen tree native to It is called ciku (pronounced chiku) in standard Malay and sawo nilo in Kelantanese Malay. In Chinese, the name is mistakenly translated by many
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Chikoo||Dark-brown||Monsoon.||9 to 15 m (30 and 49 feet)||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
Despite its temperature tolerance, if you want to grow a sapodilla tree in a less than semi-tropical area, it would be prudent to either grow it in a greenhouse or as a container plant that can be moved to a protected area in case of inclement weather.
|Full Sun to Partial Shade||Well-drained soil||Medium||26 to 28 degrees F.||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Chiku
- Sapodilla can grow to more than 30 m (98 ft) tall with an average trunk diameter of 1.5 m (4.9 ft). The average height of cultivated specimens, however, is usually between 9 and 15 m (30 and 49 ft) with a trunk diameter not exceeding 50 cm (20 in).It is wind-resistant and the bark is rich in a white,
gummy latex called chicle. The ornamental leaves are medium green and glossy. They are alternate, elliptic to ovate, 7 to 15 cm long, with an entire margin.
Typical uses of Chiku
Culinary use: Leaves,fruit
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose
Medicinal use: Milkshake for Hair,
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