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Bel Tree, Bilva Patra, Bel Patra

24900

The deciduous tree with trifoliate leaves is traditionally used as a sacred offering by Hindus in India to Lord Shiva.

What makes it special:

  • The hard-shelled fruits are exquisitely aromatic.
  • Refreshing juice and preserves.
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Description

About Bel Tree

Bael is botanically known as Aegle marmelos ant it is a deciduous tree with trifoliate leaves. The branches sometimes bear long straight spines. The bark is shallowly furrowed and corky. Bael is an indigenous fruit tree of India.

Bael grows in wild and semi-wild in the North India states of Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar, West Bengal, and Madhya Pradesh. It is considered holy in the Hindu religion and the leaves are used as offerings for Lord Shiva. The flowering season starts in late May. It has pale yellowish-green sweetly scented flowers. The slightly pear-shaped fruits are green in colour and turn yellowish on ripening.

Common Name Bel Patra
Maximum Reachable Height Up to 10 meter
Flower Colour Yellowish green
Bloom Time April-May
Difficulty Level Easy

Planting And Care

Light Requirement

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

The soil should be well-drained and fertile, rich in organic content for growing plants.

 

Watering

Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.

Apply 4 cups (Approx. 200 ml) of 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 seasons.

Do not over-water the plant.

Apply water preferably in the morning or evening.

 

Application of Fertilizer

Loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so it can uptake nutrients and moisture easily.

During the main growing season feed the plant with organic fertilizer once a month (Oct-Jan).

Apply water immediately after the application of fertilizer.

 

Repotting

When a plant outgrows 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’ts

Do not overwater the plant especially when the pot does not have drainage holes.

Avoid applying water on flowers and leaves because it may cause fungus infection.


Bel Tree Care
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) of 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 plants healthy:

Sunlight More than 6 hours of sunlight a day is ideal for plant and natural direct bright light for the rest of the day.
Watering Apply 4 cups (Approx. 200 ml) of 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 20 to 35 degrees Celsius
Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer once a month (Oct-Jan).

Bel Tree Special Feature

Sacred plant

Bel Tree Uses

Medicinal Use:

  • Bel benefits in healing digestive disorders, ulcers, headache, hypertension, diabetes, and numerous other ailments The ripe fruit works as a laxative but is not digested easily Unripe bel fruit, on the other hand, promotes digestion and cures diarrhoea
  • Note: Use only after consulting the Health specialist

Culinary Use:

  • The pulp is often processed as nectar or “squash” (diluted nectar)

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we plant Bilva trees at home?

Yes, you can grow Bilva trees at your home.

How to plant Bilva trees?

Sunlight Keep the plant outdoors in direct bright light. Protect the plant from direct harsh sunlight as it can cause damage to the foliage. Soil The soil should be well-drained and fertile rich in organic content. Watering Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture. Water when topsoil (1-2 inches) feels dry to touch. Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy seasons. Application of Fertilizer During the main growing season feed the plant with organic fertilizer once a month. Loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so it can uptake nutrients and moisture easily.

What is a Bilva tree called in English?

In English, the Bilva tree is known as Aegle marmelos.

How to identify Bilva trees?

The leaf is trifoliate (three leaves) and the stem is pale brown or greyish

Where to plant Bilva trees?

You can grow Bilva trees outside the house where direct bright light is available.

Can we grow Bilva trees at home?

Yes, you can grow Bilva trees at your home.

Can we have a Bilva tree at home?

Yes, you should have a Bilva tree at your home because of its high-value medicinal properties.

How to worship a Bilva tree?

When a person worships the root of the Bilva tree by lighting earthen lamps he is said to be bestowed with the knowledge of truth and merges into Shiva.

How to grow Bilva trees from seed?

Fill a pot with a very good quality free-draining potting mix, plant the Bilva seed horizontally or pointed side down and cover it with half to one inch of the potting mix. Put the pot in a warm and bright place and keep the soil moist. Bilva seeds will germinate within 2-4 weeks depending on the age of the seed and the temperature. The seeds need a temperature between 20 and 25 °C (68 and 77 °F) to germinate well. The cooler the temperature, the longer the Bilva seed will take to germinate. I started a few Bilva seeds in Sydney, the temperature for most of the time was less than 20 °C during the day, so I kept the seed pot indoors in a warm place. The seeds germinated successfully.

How to grow Bilva trees?

Sunlight Keep the plant outdoors in direct bright light. Protect the plant from direct harsh sunlight as it can cause damage to the foliage. Soil The soil should be well-drained and fertile rich in organic content. Watering Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture. Water when topsoil (1-2 inches) feels dry to touch. Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in the winter and rainy seasons. Application of Fertilizer During the main growing season feed the plant with organic fertilizer once a month. Loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so it can uptake nutrients and moisture easily.

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