Chiku plant (Manilkara zapota)
The Chiku plant, commonly known as Sapodilla, is a Sapotaceae family tropical fruit tree. It is indigenous to Central America and Mexico, but it is now grown in a variety of tropical and subtropical places around the world, including India, Thailand, and Malaysia.
The Sapodilla plant’s fruit is a brownish, round or oval-shaped berry with a sweet and juicy pulp that tastes like caramel or brown sugar. It contains vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, calcium, and iron.
The Sapodilla plant earns its nickname, the Cricket Ball Plant, because of the texture of its fruit, which closely resembles the outer coating of a cricket ball. People typically harvest the fruit during the winter when it reaches full maturity and becomes ready for consumption.
Aside from its fruit, the Sapodilla plant has a number of traditional medicinal purposes. Its leaves, bark, and seeds are thought to contain medicinal characteristics that can treat coughs, diarrhea, and skin disorders.
Finally, the Sapodilla Chiku plant, also known as the Cricket Ball Plant, is a tropical fruit tree that yields sweet and juicy fruit that is high in vitamins and minerals. It is highly valued in many cultures for its ancient medical applications.
Sunlight: Place your Sapodilla plant in a bright spot where it will get at least 6-8 hours of direct sunshine per day.
Watering: Water the plant on a regular basis to keep the soil moist but not wet. Adjust the frequency according to the weather and moisture levels.
Soil: Plant your Sapodilla in organically rich, well-draining soil. It grows best in a slightly acidic to neutral pH range (6.0-7.5).
Fertilization: During the growing season (spring and summer), feed your Sapodilla plant with a balanced fertilizer. Apply a slow-release fertilizer or liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks, as directed on the box.
Pruning: Remove any dead, damaged, or overloaded branches. This improves air circulation and promotes faster growth.