Indian Jujube (Ber)

Ber( Indian jujube)
           Ber or Indian jujube is a evergreen bush or a small tree.
It grows well over a wide variety of soil but they do best on sandy loam, neutral or slightly alkaline soils. Even moderately saline soil is tolerated. The tree is remarkable in its ability to tolerate water-logging as well as drought. During hot weather and also during fruit development  irrigation is highly beneficial. Water-stress  causes  immature fruit drop. All parts of the plant have medicinal use. 
 On the right there is a picture of Ber  Tree..  It is nearly two years old. Last year it bore few fruits. This year tree is loaded with fruits.
  It is a hardy plant and tolerate summer very well but needs some protection from winter frost.
Plant care
There is no special care needed.
 The Ber tree is drought tolerant. In order to get good  crop, it is to be watered regularly during the summer months. As with all the fruits trees, I irrigate them 7-14 days during growing season and every 4 to 6 weeks during the winter.

 3 to 5 inches thick layer of partially compost mulch around the tree drip line will have good effect on the growth of the tree. Because it is vigorous growing tree and needs to fertilized regularly during the summer months.

 Medicinal uses
 Ber tree is considered a  sacred plant in India .All parts  the of plant have medicinal properties.It has  many applications in Indian traditional medicine .It is used in treating many diseases ie,digestive disorder,  anxiety,sleep problems ,palpitation,fever and lung diseases.Fruits are applied on cuts and ulcers.
Leaves are helpful in asthma,fever and liver diseases.Powder of root is applied on wounds and ulcer seem to alleviate the symptoms of rheumatism.

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