Saturday, September 3, 2011

Melia Dubia: 1 month update

So it has been a month since we planted the saplings. Melia Dubia has been responding very well to the Sivagangai climate. Of the 5285 saplings that we planted (yes! each one was accounted for), 98 plants had to be replaced. Just 2% mortality rate is great given that temperatures can soar upto 40 celsius over here. Irrigation is given every morning for about 1 hour (dripper outflow is 8 litres per hour). My next update will probably be end of the year, when they have gained some height and thickness as well. Till then, stay tuned for updates in Mango and some short term crops!


  1. Pls can you share the
    1. From where the saplings were sourced and what is the cost involved.
    2. How long do u intend to retain this. Is it 3 years or 5 years or more
    3. What is the returns on this plantation on cutting after 3, 5 or more years.
    4. What is the ideal year for cutting them.

  2. 1. Erode , Rs14/sapling
    2. Well I can't predict the future but the hope is 4-5 years from now :)
    3. Returns depend on the price at the time, spacing, circumference etc..