If you want to grow beautiful plants and trees, but are just starting with gardening, try growing a Jujube Tree! This gorgeous little tree is super-easy to grow and its fruits are healthy and taste amazing.
The Jujube Tree
The Jujube tree has many names: Korean date, Chinese date, Indian date, and of course the Jujube tree. Whatever the name, one thing is sure: no other tree gives so much with so little effort on your part.
This deciduous tree reaches a height of 5-12 meters or 16-39 feet. Its leaves are small and bright green, its flowers yellow-green and its fruits have a range of different colors as well as tastes. When immature, they’re green and taste almost like an apple, while they’re maturing they turn to brown-purplish-black, and finally, when completely mature, they become wrinkled and resemble a date.
The Jujube fruit ripens in late summer or early fall, depending on your location. Some people prefer the fruit in its early stages of growth so they pick it then. But if picked when completely dry and mature, these fruits last a very long time with no added preservatives.
How to Grow The Jujube Tree
One of the easiest trees to grow is the Jujube tree because it has very few pests and diseases and is not very picky about its soil, water content or sun exposure.
Still, to give your tree the best treatment, make sure you plant it in a location where it can receive full sun exposure. As for the soil, it should be well-drained and with either neutral or slightly alkaline pH.
Plant a bare root in the winter months, water it from time to time and watch it grow. When the root system grows, it will become highly tolerant to lack or excess of water.
The Jujube tree requires very little maintenance. Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring (before it breaks its dormancy). As for diseases and pests, you probably won’t have to worry about them. Most insects and pests ignore the Jujube tree and although the plant can suffer from some common diseases, this very rarely actually happens.
The new tree should be occasionally watered, but after the first year, even that is not absolutely required. The Jujube will only need your help with irrigation during periods of extreme drought.