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Bitter Leaf Tree

Vernonia amygdalina

Bitter Leaf Trees thrive in tropical and subtropical climates. They require warm temperatures and can be sensitive to frost.

The Bitter Leaf Tree is valued for its potential medicinal properties in traditional medicine systems. It has been used to treat various health issues, including malaria, fever, gastrointestinal problems, etc. Some research suggests that compounds found in the leaves may possess anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties.

The tree is a versatile plant with culinary and medicinal value in African cultures. It can be a rewarding addition to your garden or landscape, offering both unique flavors in cooking and potential health benefits.

These leaves are a staple vegetable in soups and stews in many countries. Due to its bitterness, the leaves are washed several times, dried, and used to prepare meat dishes.

The sticks and twigs of the plant can be used as chewing sticks for dental hygiene; the stems are used for soap.

Medical researchers have proven that bitterleaf contains many medicinal properties, which range from antimicrobial to decorative.

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SKU: BIT001 Category:

Position

Plant this tree in areas with full sun as it will perform best in humid conditions.

Size

These plants can grow up to 2-5 metres tall.  For farming, these trees can be planted 1-2 metres apart.

Soil type

Bitter leaf plant will perform well in soil with a pH of 5.5-7.  This is quite acidic, so add some acid compost to your garden soil or potting soil if in a container. They do perform best in well-drained humus-rich soil and prefer a moist environment.

Water

Watering is mainly needed in times of dry weather. Water only as is needed.

Pruning

Regular pruning will help keep the tree smaller

Fertilising

Poultry manure is a great fertiliser for the bitterleaf tree.

Weight

3

Length

15

Width

15

Height

20

Packaging Type

xlarge_parcel

Maximum

6

Packaging Type 1

large_parcel

Maximum 1

6

Packaging Type 2

medium_parcel

Maximum 2

3

Packaging Type 3

flyer_size

Maximum 3

1

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