FRUIT TREE: Breadfruit (Yellow Heart) - Sold per plant - FREE ISLANDWIDE DELIVERY AVAILABLE
By Nature Touch Farms From Jamaica
Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) is the fruit of the breadfruit tree, though it is often referred to as a vegetable when consumed before it is fully ripe. This starchy food is high in carbs and fiber while low in fat, making it a good addition to healthy eating plans that allow for higher carbohydrate foods.
The Yellow Heart Breadfruit is a large evergreen tree found in tropical and subtropical humid forests. It can be found in various locations in Jamaica. It belongs to the family Moraceae.
Breadfruits have excellent benefits for human health and total well being. It can be consumed in cooked form, baked or fried. Either which way provides heart-friendly nutrients and other wonderful whole nutrients.
Features of Breadfruit
The breadfruit seedlings can grow to a height of 30 m (98 feet) while the stem can be up to 6 m wide. NOTE: To keep trees compact, short & manageable. Annual pruning
The stem bark is grey in colour and produces a white latex.
The leaves are large and dark green on the surface and lighter underneath.
The tree may be monoecious or dioecious.
The male flowers are club-shaped while the female inflorescence form globose heads on a receptacle.
Breadfruit extracts containing ethyl acetate and methanol have been found to have antibacterial effects.
Breadfruit is gluten-free, its flour offers a gut-friendly alternative for those who have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
Breadfruit is a rich source of prenylated phenolic compounds that may be helpful in the treatment of rheumatic and muscular pain.
It is rich in fibre content. Fibre is an essential compound that helps in binding the toxic properties in the intestine and as well helps to reduce bad cholesterol in the body
NOTE: For breadfruit seedling orders of 50 or more plants, please contact us directly for wholesale pricing.
PLANTS PER ACRE (HECTARE) FOR OPEN-FIELD/ORCHARD PLANTING
The following ranges are the recommended number of plants per acre (hectare) of pruned and commercially managed trees, depending on variety:
* 40/acre (100/hectare)
However, using the Triangular Planting Method you can get 15% more trees to the acre. Please contact us for more information.
Our trees are shipped via Knutsford Express island wide in Jamaica to reach their destination as quickly and efficiently as possible. Arrangements can be made for direct delivery. Please contact us for delivery options & cost.
Shipping or direct delivery charges are in addition to the cost of the trees and will be quoted prior to shipment to ensure the most efficient and economical route is chosen.
ARRIVAL OF THE PLANTS
The most common cause of death for breadfruit plants is drying out. Remove them from the box when you receive them.
Water the trees from the bottom by setting them in a few inches of water to make sure the trees are thoroughly soaked throughout their root zone (15-20 minutes). Do not set them on soil or grass to avoid contamination with local pathogens, but allow them to drain on a table or on several layers of newspaper. Keep the plants out of direct sunlight. They have been grown under 50 percent shade and spent 2-3 days in a box; direct sun will burn the leaves. Make sure that they will be protected from direct sunlight at all times during the day, keeping in mind that the sun moves throughout the day and what appears as shade in the morning can be hot sun in the afternoon.
There is no need to remove side shoots or cut the plants back in any way. However, if some leaves are damaged and dead, the leaf stem can be carefully cut off with a knife, but careful not to damage the trunk. Plants that are damaged and broken off will likely regrow from the base and should not be planted deeper than they were in the tray.
POTTING FOR HOME GARDENERS
Upon receiving the trees, they should immediately be potted in 5 to 10 gallon (3.5 liter) pots/grow bags using a high quality soil mix (never field soil) of composted bark, peat moss or coconut coir that is specifically formulated for nursery crops. If you do not have access to commercially produced soil or large grow bags, please contact us for specific guidance on how to create or get your own.
PRIOR TO PLANTING IN OPEN-FIELD/ORCHARD
The plants need to be maintained in a nursery setting for 3-5 weeks until they large enough to withstand the element, get use to the new environment and then can be planted in the ground. The plants should be kept in 50 percent shade for the first 3-4 weeks. After 3-4 weeks, the roots should have grown to the edge of the planting container and the tree can tolerate increased sunlight, they can then be transitioned into more direct sunlight. The plants will benefit from a minimum of 30 percent shade for the next 2 weeks.
Once planted, breadfruit trees require regular and thorough watering during their establishment period, which is generally six months to a year. Optimal annual rainfall/irrigation is 59-118 inches (1,500-3,000 mm), but supplemental water may be necessary, especially in the first few years after planting if the dry season is unusually long or the plants show symptoms of stress such as lower-leaf drop or scorching of the outer margins of the leaves.
Prior to planting the trees in the ground (while it is still in a pot/bag) the tree should be watered in the early morning and checked again in mid-afternoon to ensure the soil has not dried out. If during the afternoon check, the soil is completely dry, water the plants again in the late afternoon. If the plant is not wilting and does not appear to be suffering from water stress, wait to water it until the following morning. Best watering practice suggests that the plants should not have wet leaves from manual irrigation during the night because this can promote the growth of disease organisms.
Most breadfruit mortality is due to young plants drying out. Plants should be visibly inspected daily. It’s much easier to see and correct potential problems if you’re looking at the plants regularly than to have larger problems surprise the grower when they are difficult to correct. Almost all problems start slowly and on a few plants. Vigilant growers are always more successful and suffer far fewer losses than those who simply glance at the plants every day. The best groves will come from well-tended young plants that are carefully grown in their youth by an attentive grower.
Fertilizer is only a temporary solution to assist plant growth and will not solve a problem of poor soil with little organic material or bad drainage and inconsistent care. A constant commitment to improving soil structure through mulching, planting cover crops and the addition of organic material to revitalize the soil on a regular basis will guarantee your trees a long, healthy, and productive life.
GROWING IN POTS/BAGS:
Fertilizer will encourage growth and should be used on the plants regularly while in containers.
Fertilize the plants for the duration of their time in a container according to the type of fertilizer you are using:
Water-soluble fertilizer (20-20-20): Twice per week at 200ppm
Time-release fertilizer: Follow the label instructions at the middle level.
GROWING IN AN ORCHARD:
A small amount of fertilizer (of a low N-P-K ratio) is beneficial upon planting to assist with establishment, however, take care not to apply too much. Once planted in the ground, they should be fertilized seasonally for the duration of their life with either a commercial granular fertilizer with aged organic matter or compost. We also recommend fertilizing each time the trees are pruned.
Planting a cover crop of legumes (plants that take nitrogen from the air and add it to the soil) can be very helpful to increasing the growth of the trees. This natural fertilization technique will increase the nitrogen composition of the soil, the main nutrient to support plant growth. Other nutrients can be added with chemical or organic fertilizers or with aged manure or compost. Compost teas are very good at encouraging the plants to grow and in protecting the plants from pests and disease.
For more information on composting, please contact us for more information.
For compost tea information, please contact us for more information.
After 3-5 weeks in a nursery setting, when the plants have roots that are well developed and hold the soil together when taken out of the pot, the trees are typically ready to be planted in the ground. During this time, the tree will be rapidly adding leaves and growing taller more quickly than it has in the past. The top of the tree will be approximately 12-18 inches (30-46 cm) above the top of the pot and exhibit multiple large, healthy leaves.
The trees should be spaced according to the plants per acre guidelines and the holes to plant the trees should be twice as deep and twice as round as the potting container in which they were grown. Ideally, the soil used to plant the trees should be a mix of field soil and planting soil, compost, manure, or any other advantageous soil additive.
Mulching the trees after planting is highly recommended. Form a slight basin around each tree and mulch that area to ensure water is directed to the root zone and not lost to runoff.
We recommend that all fruit trees, including breadfruit, are pruned annually. Pruning breadfruit annually will help keep the trees in the proper shape and good harvesting height, along with encouraging vigorous growth. If you would like shorter, more “bushy” trees with lateral branching, you could begin pruning earlier. Trim the main leader and other branch tips once the trees have reached 5-6 feet (1.5-2 meters) to encourage lateral branching. As with other nursery crops, regular pruning allows a grower to shape the plant to an optimal commercial height that will promote healthy growth as well as facilitate easy harvesting. Prune and fertilize after a major harvest to avoid a delay in fruiting.
Trees generally begin fruiting within 1 1/2 - 3 years from planting in a grove, and will reach optimal fruiting at the age of 5-6 years. With ideal care and attention, they can continue fruiting abundantly for 50 or more years. Some trees are known to continue fruiting for as many as 100 years.
Depending on the variety and local growing conditions, trees can produce anywhere from 175-250 fruits (200-350 pounds, 90-160 kilograms) over the course of the year during multiple harvests. Under optimal conditions, the trees can produce up to twice this amount, especially as they grow larger.
PESTS AND DISEASES
Pests and diseases to watch for include whiteflies, mealy bugs, snails and slugs, Botrytis and mildews.
Slugs and snails can completely destroy thousands of dollars of young trees overnight, so careful attention and treatment to guard against snails and slugs is suggested in advance of planting. Regular scouting under pots and under leaves in early morning will help detect these pests, therefore avoiding the devastation they can inflict. Many effective commercial-grade slug and snail treatments are available to manage these pests.
Metaldehyde is the active ingredient in most commercial slug and snail control chemicals and the branded product SLUGGO(R) is an organic alternative for control and is very effective.
A clean growing area on gravel or concrete that is free of rotting vegetation, weeds or anything where these pests can hide, will help protect your investment and help ensure high-quality plants. An ounce of prevention is worth many pounds of a cure, and vigilance will always be rewarded with a much better crop.
Fungicides such as copper sulfate can help with fungal diseases or root diseases, though both are uncommon if the grower avoids stressing the plants from excess dry conditions.
Good air circulation is important for optimal plant health so ensuring that the plants are not spaced too closely and have room for air to move between them is critical to reduce the chance of disease. Sunlight and air are the best preventatives for foliar and fungal diseases.
At times, you may observe ants clustering near the shoot tip. The ants can be sprayed off with a hose. Protection from grazing animals, such as goats, cows or any other animal that could eat the young breadfruit tree, is essential.
We do take every possible care to grow healthy plants and send these out in the variety as labeled.
We are very careful with packing and handling our plants, however it is the responsibility of the purchaser to promptly unpack, plant and care for the plants appropriately once they arrive.
Please read cultivation notes for each variety carefully, as Nature Touch Farms will not be held accountable for the care of plants once they leave our premises.
Images are for reference purposes only. Actual product may vary in shape or appearance based on climate, age, height, etc.
We will dispatch your plant order as soon as possible.
Please note the plants are individually wrapped, prepped and packaged to ensure safety in transit and this takes time.
During busy periods, plant orders can take up to 7 days to process, so please notify us of any dates we need to take into account when sending your plants.
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ORDER PROCESSING & DELIVERY
pick up by appointment at our farm or plant nursery. Other delivery arrangements can be made for an additional fee.
Orders are normally processed & dispatched for delivery on Fridays, once the order has been made on or before Thursday 12 midday and payment has been cleared.
For GoCool Courier delivery pick ups are made from our location on Fridays and delivery done islandwide on Saturdays within the Kingston, Ocho Rios & Montego Bay areas. Other areas within the island, deliveries will be done on Mondays .
For Doorway Express delivery pick up are made from our location on Thursdays, and delivery done islandwide on Fridays within the Corporate Areas, Kingston, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Spanish Town, May Pen & Mandeville on Fridays. Other areas within the island, deliveries will be done on Saturdays.
For each order a Tracking Number is provided to facilitate tracking of your delivery.
Orders can be collected between the hours of 10 am to 5 pm at the nearest Knutsford Express location or at our onsite location.
usually prep the fruit tree before shipping to prevent plant shock during the delivery process. 99% of the time, the trees arrive alive to their final destination. Our trees are shipped in a
grow bag with soil.
We do our very best to ensure that everything is perfect with your order and that you are 100% satisfied.
However, we know that sometimes even with our best efforts things can still go wrong.
Therefore, for every order purchased (fruits, vegetables, spices & seasonings) an additional 10% is provided FREE OF COST to replace any faults/damages/spoilage.
If you receive your order in an unsatisfactory condition, please take a few pictures and submit them via email to our email address: [email protected] or WhatsApp the pictures to 1-876-532--9441. Please do this within 24 hours of receiving your package.
We will review your email or WhatsApp message & pictures and get back to you within 5 working days.
Remember to keep the box in case we ask you to ship the package back to us at our expense.
WHAT IS YOUR WARRANTY & RETURN POLICY ON THE FRUIT TREES & OTHER PLANTS?
Our warranty only covers the fruit tree and other plants arriving alive and in fair condition. If you receive your fruit tree and/or plant in a condition in which the tree or plant may not survive, please take a few pictures and submit them via email to our address: [email protected] or WhatsApp the pictures to 1-876-532-9441. Please do this within 48 hours of receiving your tree or plant. We will review your email or WhatsApp message & pictures and get back to you within a few days. Remember to keep the box in case we ask you to ship the plant back to us at our expense. Our warranty does not apply once you have planted the tree or plant on the ground, pot and/or any other container.
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