Marang is a highly praised fruit in its genus!!
Also known as Johey oak, Madang, terap or breadfruit cousin, marang (Artocarpus odoratissimus) is a tropical fruit tree native to Asia.The marang is closely related to the jackfruit and breadfruit trees and bears large, 12-inch oblong fruit. These fruit are highly nutritious with a sweet scent and good flavor. In the wild, this tree may grow more than 40 feet tall, but in subtropical climates, it usually remains under 20 feet. For those not in U. S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 9 through 13, marang is best grown in a greenhouse. Marang trees grow quickly and will produce fruit after four to six years.
MAINTENANCE OF PLANTATION
Regular weeding and irrigation during the first 2 or 3 dry seasons ensures good growth. Plants are fertilized with 100-200g ammonium sulphate after planting and towards the end of the rainy season. Bearing trees are given 0.5-1kg complete fertilizer per tree twice a year. Pruning is limited to the removal of dead branches.
PEST AND DISEASE CONTROL
No serious pests and diseases have been observed, apart from maggots of the oriental fruit fly (Dacus umbrosus) found in the fruits. Modern baits sprays have greatly reduced fruit fly damage on other crops and may also be effective on marang.
HARVEST YOUR MARANG
Mature fruits are usually harvested by hand with the help of a curved knife attached to the end of a long bamboo pole. Getting at the heavy fruit at the end of slender twigs is hazardous. The delicate fruit really should be caught to break the fall, but most fruit drops on the ground. The fruit is graded and taken to market in bamboo baskets or sacks as soon as possible; the shelf life of the ripe fruit is very short.
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