How to irrigate

Tamarind, being grown outdoors, needs regulated irrigation based on the season and rainfall: on the one hand, in fact, it is necessary to avoid long periods of drought, but on the other hand it is essential to avoid water stagnation, a source of stress and root rot. Watering must be carried out when the soil is dry and, consequently, must be intensified in the driest phases of the year, but limited in case of frequent rains. An interesting aspect of this plant is that it tends to lose its foliage and, therefore, to appear as deciduous, if there is little rainfall; if, on the contrary, the latter are abundant, the specimen behaves like an evergreen.

How to grow it

This tree, appreciated for its majestic appearance and for its fruits, also adapts easily to clayey or saline soils; the important thing is that the soil has excellent drainage to avoid water stagnation. It is a robust and resistant plant, which however, in order to develop at its best, needs some precautions. It may be useful to carry out the implantation in a container and to carry out the transplant in full ground once two years have passed; Furthermore, it is advisable to help very young specimens to grow rights with special guardians, to be removed later. Periodic mulching makes the soil more fertile and limits evaporation, as well as protecting the tree from excessive frost. Pruning should be practiced only if necessary, to eliminate dried branches.


As far as fertilization is concerned, this fundamental operation must be regulated according to the age of the cultivated specimen; young plants, in fact, need at least two fertilizations a year, in spring and autumn, while for adult plants it can be done every twelve months. The tree needs the three essential macroelements for development, namely potassium, nitrogen and phosphorus: if even one of these elements were missing, growth would slow down and the leaves would turn yellow and dry out. the so-called leaf chlorosis. Furthermore, the plant would be weaker, more vulnerable and exposed to parasite infestations and fungal diseases. In addition, the fertilizer must contain microelements such as magnesium, manganese, molybdenum and iron.

Tamarind: Exposure, Diseases, and Pests

The Tamarind is a tree of tropical origin; therefore it needs a sunny exposure and high temperatures. The cold, if excessive, is dangerous, as well as late frosts and too intense winds, which could cause production problems. This plant can be subject to root rot in case of overabundant irrigation; in fact, due to the humidity, very annoying stagnations would form. It is preferable to prevent this disease, rather than cure it, but in any case an effective remedy is represented by fungicides based on copper or sulfur, to be subjected to the tree in various treatments. If, on the other hand, an infestation of cochineals occurs, an excellent solution is the white mineral oil: it is essential to intervene immediately to prevent the leaves from drying out.

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