Kailashpati, Cannon-ball Tree
The cannonball tree is one of the most spectacular trees. This plant is a national flower plant of the Puducherry.
- What makes it special: Large attractive colored flower.
- Sweet, Strong Scented smell.
Botanically known as Couroupita guianensis, Leaves are oblong, obovate, elliptic, or broadly lanceolate. Inflorescence a raceme, to 70 cm long, terminal, and axillary, borne on branches and trunk. Flowers are showy, fragrant, fleshy, red or rosy purple. Fruits globose, 15 to 20 cm, hard outside, pulpy inside, reddish-brown in color.
The fruits of this plant are spherical, giving the common name Cannonball tree. An interesting feature of this tree is the large brightly colored flowers with a strong and sweet-scented smell. They are orange, scarlet, or pink in color, growing from stalks sprouting from the tree trunk. Another peculiar thing about the flower is that they have no nectar within them. This tree is considered to be sacred because the petals resemble the hood of the Naga, a sacred snake protecting the Shiva Lingam – the stigma. It is listed as a rare tree and flower in India. This tree grows up to 15 malls.
|Common Name||Cannon ball tree, Naga linga, Kailashpati|
|Maximum Reachable Height||Up to 15 meter|
|Flower Colour||Red to Pink|
|Bloom Time||March to August|
Planting And Care
Refer of Beginners garden guide or detailed procedures and meanings of words related to gardening.
More than 6 hours of sunlight a day is ideal for plants to grow well and natural direct bright light for the rest of the day.
soil should be well-drained and fertile, rich in organic content for growing plants.
WateringPoke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.
Apply 4 cups (Approx. 200 ml water) when topsoil (1-2 inches) in the pot feels dry to touch.
As a rule of thumb, Water the plant thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in the winter and rainy season.
Do not over-water the plant.
Apply water preferably in the morning or evening.
Application of FertilizerLoosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily.
During the main growing season feed the plant with organic fertilizer once a month (Oct-Jan).
Apply water immediately after application of fertilizer.
Re-pottingWhen a plant outgrows in the current pot, re-pot with fresh potting soil and some fertilizer.
Do the repotting late evening and keep the plant in a shady area for 2 to 3 days and then move the plant in its suitable growing condition.
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Plant Protection Remove dead, infected, or damaged plant parts and dispose of them away from the planting area.
Spray Neem, Eucalyptus, or Citrus oil for any insect/pest attack, as a primary treatment.
Don’t Do over-water the plant especially when the pot does not have drainage holes.
Avoid applying water on flowers and leaves because it may cause fungus infection.
Initial care for 1-2 weeks after receiving plant at your location:
Keep the plant in Natural indirect bright Light.
Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.
Apply 4 cups (Approx. 200 ml water) water when topsoil (1-2 inches) in the pot feels dry to touch.
Do not re-pot for min. 2 weeks after receiving it.
Key requirements to keep the plant healthy:
|Sunlight||More than 6 hours of sunlight a day is ideal for plants and natural direct bright light for the rest of the day.|
|Watering||Apply 4 cups (Approx. 200 ml water) water when topsoil (1-2 inches) in the pot feels dry to touch.|
|Soil||Soil should be well-drained and fertile, rich in organic content.|
|Temperature||25 to 35 degree Celsius|
|Fertilizer||Apply any organic fertilizer once a month (Oct-Jan).|
Kailashpati Special Feature
Attractive colored flowers.
- This plant is used as an ornamental tree in gardens for its large rosy-purple flowers and large globular fruits
- The fruit pulp is used to cure a headache
- Leaf juice is applied externally for hair growth
- Note: Used only after consulting the Health specialist
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