The breadfruit tree grows in tropical and subtropical regions, and although not widely known in North America, it's a staple in Latin kitchens, especially in the Dominican Republic. Breadfruit is a great and cheap alternative to starchy vegetables such as potatoes, even though it's technically classified as a fruit. The breadfruit tree gives delicious and nutritious fruits which can be made into a variety of dishes, and today we'll show you how to plant breadfruit trees right in your garden!
How to Plant Breadfruit Trees in Your Garden
Planting Breadfruit Trees:
- The best way to grow breadfruit trees is directly from a root shoot. Simply get it out of the ground with about 5 inches of root on either side.
- Once you have the root shoots, place them in a bag or container with high quality potting mix of composted bark, peat moss, or coconut coir.
- Tie the bag and keep the shoots in fifty percent shade for 3-5 weeks.
- Once the roots have grown to the edge of the bag or container, you can move them into more direct sunlight.
- While in its growing stages, it's crucial that the shoots get consistent water. One of the biggest culprits of breadfruit is that they can dry off and die in the early stages, so make sure to check the leaves every day.
- After 3-5 months, the tree should be ready to be planted into the ground. Plant twice as deep as the size of the roots.
- Make sure it is watered deeply without getting the leaves wet.
- Breadfruit trees will generally begin fruiting within 2-3 years and will reach peak fruiting age at 5-6 years.
- A breadfruit tree can produce 200-350 pounds of fruit per year.
So now that you know how to plant breadfruit trees, it's time to start growing!