Tree plantation has always been a thing I wanted to do & has been in my to-do list for the last couple of years. This year I started with the first tree, a Wild Almond. Somebody gifted it to my mom on World Environment Day, 5th June 2019.
Here’s how it looks as before and after plantation:
There were little bit of pre-monsoon showers yesterday evening so the soil was a bit soft, but there were lot of stones underneath, my Khurpa (the weeding tool) has it’s nose bent due the impact against stones while digging.
About the species – Wild Almond
Well my knowledge about trees and such is pretty limited right now. Had the person who gifted this not told that this was a wild almond tree I wouldn’t have even known that it is one and I would have considered it as just another tree. Since I know it is wild almond, I did some searching to study about it.
- There are multiple species which are identified by the name of wild almond – I have no idea which one is this.
- It’s called जंगली बदाम (Junglee Badam) in Hindi (Badam is the word for Almond in Hindi). Another Hindi name for this appears to be “Culu“.
- These trees can grow as tall 35 meters and are one of the tallest trees known in India.
- It has medicinal properties used to treat many problems like skin conditions, wounds, etc.
- They seem to shed a lot of leaves and these leaves return back important nutrients back to the soil.
- The leaves may contain cancer preventing agents.
- The nut (seed) is highly nutritious – Almond is very good for health is what I knew, I am not sure about the differences between wild almond and the almond we get in stores.
It appears somebody stole the sapling (more likely, considering no leftovers at the plantation site) or got uprooted in a stormy pre-monsoon that occurred 2-3 days after the plantation.