Date Palm Trees: A Delicious Sweet Fruit From The Middle East
If you are one of those who are trying to save money on palm tree care, then you must be aware that there are a lot of considerations that must be taken into account when you plant date palm trees. One of the most important considerations is where to plant them. It is best to plant them in spring or the fall, since this is when their growth cycle is at its busiest. Selecting an ideal spot for date palm trees planted in your yard is quite important because they require full sun exposure and well-draining soil. If you plant them too early, there is a big chance that they might not reach their full potential.
Experts say that it is best that date palms be planted on hard soil that is rich in nutrients. This means that the soil must be firm and well-irritated, and it should also be relatively moist. This is because the leaves of these trees grow fast, which makes it hard for them to develop roots on moist soil, which is the usual case with tropical plants. If your area has relatively warm weather, it is best to plant the trees in the late part of the afternoon or morning, because during the cooler months, the leaves of the trees will grow much slower than the roots.
Another consideration for date palm trees planted in your yard is how to provide them with sufficient amount of full sun exposure as well as good drainage. These trees have large leaves, which can sometimes become overheated if they are not given enough time to air out. In addition, watering the palms will sometimes result in the death of some of them, so it is best to water them only once every month or so. The foliage of the palms also grows very fast, so they do not need to be watered very often. Full sunlight exposure is what they need in order to produce good quality fruit, so you will also have to give them adequate amount of sun rays.
In terms of pests, there is actually very little pest attack problem with date palms in Pakistan and the cultivation of this crop is mostly voluntary. Some of the pests that pose threat to the crop are worms and beetles. In fact, farmers say that the beetles destroy most of the fruits, while worms eat up the sugars in the fruits. There is also a kind of fungus that attacks the palm leaves called the Ensiferum vulgare, which is a type of fungus that is also present in some other parts of the world. There is also a species of mite that attacks the palms. However, there is no recorded proof regarding the presence of any harmful insect or worm in Pakistan, and there is also no record of any loss or damage caused due to insects or worms.
A few weeks after planting, it is best to cover the soil with plastic as it helps to retain moisture for the Date Palm Trees. The best time to harvest the Date Palm Trees is from April to June, and the green leaves appear sometime around the end of July. The leaves of the trees thicken as it grows, so it is important that you keep a sharp lookout for the green leaves. These green leaves are the sign of ripe fruits, and the best way to eat it is raw.
The other reason for the popularity of the Date Palm Tree in Pakistan is that the country is home to four species of dactylifera. These four species are the Indus, Anemonellis, Corallinae and Sterculi. Although all these species are indigenous to Pakistan, it was over-farmed in order to increase its production of date palms. It has been observed that the palms are grown on large plantations in many locations in the districts of Islamabad and Quetta. While the main crop of the palm tree is the dactylifera, it produces around 300 different varieties of nuts that are the major ingredient in cooking.
The fruits of the Date Palm Tree vary according to the species. For example, the Anemonellis palm produces seeds and the Corallinae produces seeds while the other two species produce the hearts and the pods. The seeds of the Date Palm are round in shape and are brownish in color. The fruits of the Date Palm are firm and the seeds are black in color. The pod of the Date Palm is yellow in color and the hearts of the Date Palm are orange. These features and other attributes of the Date Palm make it one of the favorite fruits among the diabetics due to its low glycemic index.
Date Palm Trees are fast gaining popularity all over the middle east due to its high availability and demand. It can be easily grown in the desired areas and given proper care and attention. These plants are grown by both locals and foreigners and due to the fact that there is less competition, these trees have managed to grow in such a way that the productivity is very high. Due to this reason, there is no shortage of dates in the market and as such the prices are not very high.