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Kiwi fruit cultivation in India

Posted by Sheikh Gulzaar on February 15, 2017

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Kiwi or Chinese gooseberry (Actinidia deliciosa) is grown widely in New Zealand, Italy, USA, 
China, Japan, Australia, France,Pakistan,Iran, Kashmir, Chile and Spain.


Kiwi is mostly grown in the mid hills of Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, J & K, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh,Karnataka,Uttarakhand  and Kerala.  Having been very newly introduced in the country estimates of area and production have not yet become available.

Probably because they aren't mostly grown locally in India. They have to be imported. Import means taxes, more transportation charge, and higher risk of damage. All this leads to higher prices.


Kiwi fruit plant varieties cultivated in India are AbbottAllisonBrunoHaywardMonty and Tomuri.

Kiwi vine starts bearing at the age of 4-5 years while the commercial production starts at the age of 7-8 years. The fruits mature earlier at lower altitude and later at high altitudes because of variation in temperature. Large sized berries are harvested first while smaller ones are allowed to increase in size. After harvesting, the fruits are rubbed with a coarse cloth to remove stiff hairs found on their surface. Hard fruits are transported to the market. Subsequently, they lose their firmness in two weeks and become edible. Kiwi plant

Since kiwi is a dioecious plant, it bears pistillate and staminate flowers separately. Commercially grown important pistillate and staminate cultivars are:

Abbott : This is an early flowering and early maturing cultivar. The oblong, medium sized, fruits are covered with dense hairs. They are very sweet in taste with lower ascorbic acid content and medium titratable acidity.

Allison : Fruits resemble those of Abbott, except that these are slightly broader in proportion to its length. The petals of its flowers are overlapping and crimped along with margins. It is an early ripening, heavy bearer and sweet in taste. Ascorbic acid and titratable acidity are on the lower side. This variety is most suited for Himachal Pradesh.

Bruno : This cultivar requires comparatively less chilling period. The fruits are tapering in shape towards the stem end. They are longest among all the cultivars. The fruits is dark brown having very dense, short and bristly hair, highest in ascorbic acid and titratable acidity. The bearing is very heavy.

Hayward : Most popular cultivar or the world, Hayward is comparatively shy bearer with a tendency of biennial bearing. The fruit is broad and flat, being much wider in relation to length. It is superior in flavour with high sugar and ascorbic acid content. It requires comparatively more chilling hours.

Monty : It is a late flowering cultivar but fruit maturity is not late. The fruits are oblong, resembling those of Abbot and Allison. Being a highly prolific bearer cultivar, sometimes it needs hand thinning for obtaining good sized fruits. The fruit is somewhat wider towards blossom end with higher acidity and medium sugar content.

Tomuri : It is a good pollenizer for Hayward and Monty, the late flowering kiwis. Flowers appear usually in groups of 5. Allison : It is also used for pollenizing different cultivars.

Grow Your Own Kiwi fruit plants
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Ph: 09858986794/01933-223705
POB 667 GPO Srinagar SGR Jammu and Kashmir 190001
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Availability : Varaties of kiwi plant Abbott,Allison,Bruno, Hayward,Monty, Tomuri
Other planting material also available Apple tree, Apricort tree ,Goji berry tree, Ginkgo biloba tree , Almond tree, Peach tree, Pear tree, Amlok tree, Howthorne tree ,Hazel tree, Zaitoon tree , Walnut seed and medicinal and herbal plants

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Angelica herbal plant

Posted by Sheikh Gulzaar on December 08, 2016

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Angelica archangelica, commonly known as garden angelica, Holy Ghost, wild celery, and Norwegian angelica, is a biennial plant from the Apiaceae family, a subspecies of which is cultivated for its sweetly scented edible stems and roots.

More details: 
http://jkmpic.blogspot.in/2016/05/angelica-plant.html

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Fruit plants and wild nature

Posted by Sheikh Gulzaar on December 08, 2016

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It is the second most expensive nut and needs cold and hilly terrain with a few days of sub-zero temperature. Therefore, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir make the best choice in India. It takes three to five years for hazelnut plants to grow and yield fruit.

For more details:
http://jkmpic.blogspot.in/2016/12/fruit-plants-kashmir.html

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Cordyceps sinensis fungs

Posted by Sheikh Gulzaar on September 08, 2015

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We are also fascinated by the fungus and just started a page because we believe it is important to do it in a sustainable way. Otherwise cordyceps sinensis will be disappearing soon from the slopes of the Kashmir Himalayan.

For more details: jkmpic@gmail.com
Home : http://jkmpic.blogspot.in
Ph: 09858986794/01933-223705

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Every kid in a Park

Posted by Susan Sharma on February 25, 2015

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The same day President Obama designated three new national monuments, he unveiled the "Every Kid in a Park" initiative to connect children and their families with the great outdoors. Fourth graders and their families from coast to coast will be granted free admission to our nation's national parks, and the National Park Foundation will award transportation grants to schools in need. "A walk in the woods will change a child's life," says Jackie Ostfeld, director of the Sierra Club's Our Wild America campaign, "and President Obama understands that not all kids have the same opportunities to connect with nature." 

Learn more about the "Every Kid in a Park" initiative. 

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i am very interested in thistype of activity.

Posted by mayur on October 21, 2013

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hi i am mayur jariwala.

i just join wild life because i love wild life and nature.

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Kedar Valley

Posted by Susan Sharma on July 12, 2013

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Take a peep into the Beautiful Kedar Valley.   It got devastated by the recent floods of June 2013.  It needs Healing.   Here is a call to join an Effort to Rebuid

http://www.slideshare.net/susansharma/kedarnath-wild-life-sanctuary

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Select a tree wisely on March 21

Posted by Susan Sharma on March 16, 2013

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21st of March is celebrated as International Day of Forests.*

Before planting a tree in your neighbourhood,  why not understand more about local trees which will grow well in your area?

At  http://www.wildscapes.net/product-details.aspx?prdId=11 we are offering a CD called "Grow Natives".  Buy the CD online and select a plant/tree to grow in your backyard or neighbourhood.  

Here is more information about the CD

The CD contains information about 300 native plants along with their photographs. CD provides the feature to get ready plant lists suitable to an area by selecting district and taluka. There are nine categories of the uses for easy selection, namely, Landscaping, Medicinal, Timber, NTFP, Roadside plantations, Religious plants, Hedges, Ecological restoration and Rare and uncommon plants.

CD also includes information about Nakshtra Plants, Mangroves & Plants common to India.

It will be useful for those interested in plants and also architects, planners, developers, nurserymen, land developers & landscape contractors.

*The United Nations General assembly has proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests. From 2013, the day will be observed each year to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of forests and trees to all life on earth.

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Saving Greens for our very Survival

Posted by Shashi Kant Sharma on January 24, 2013

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It is'nt just about sustainable living.
Saving Greens is necessary for our very survival - be it the essential for species survival bio-diversity, the 'basic' water of life, life-regenerating climate (weather cycles) or the beautyof nature which heals minds and brings smiles to the most harried amongst us. Every little bit that any one does will help
Good News is that some Institutions are working to make a difference
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) have added their weight to save the Aravalis in and around Gurgaon-Faribadabad belt.
As reported in the Times of India of January 25, 2013, NGT have passed an order prohibiting non-Forest Activity in three villages in the Gurgaon-Faridabad belt. These are Kot, Mangar, Roz-ka-Gujjar and Sikandarpur (of Marble Market and Wine shops fame)
Some of us have been agitated about the Aravalis being sold off to developers by fobbing off the transaction as a step for developing tourism...........This was a move for destroying the Mangar Forests - a 500 acre grove of the Dhau Tree held sacred by the locals. The effort of the people there is comparable with the Chipko movement of yore in Uttrakhand. A group of 5-6 residents of Mangar Bani literally moved mountains to create awareness about their forest and what that sylvan surrounding was doing to sustain the Gurgaon-Faridabad belt By the way the sale of Forest land was happening in the garb of 'consolidation of land' (misuse of that policy was reported when the Haryana IAS Officedr Khemka was in the news)
For details on the struggle for saving Mangar Bani and Photographs of this Forest visit http://www.indianwildlifeclub.blogspot.in/2012/07/mangarbani-sacred-grove.html

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Nature stimulates

Posted by Dr.Susan Sharma on October 04, 2011

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For stressed-out families, spending more time in the natural world — a nature stimulus package — may be just what the doctor and the economist ordered. Here are a few of the benefits:

1. With gas prices on the rise, families are rediscovering both the joy and the cost-effectiveness of getaways in nearby nature, including regional, state or national parks. As Outside magazine puts it, "near is the new far."

2. Unless we're talking about a new bass boat or a high-tech tent, nature toys are free or cheap, and they encourage self-directed creativity. In 2008, the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, N.Y., inducted the stick, which it called not only possibly the oldest toy, but "possibly the best."

3. Green exercise is free. In the United Kingdom, and now in the United States, families are eschewing commercial indoor gyms. Groups of families form " green gyms" and meet once or twice a week to hike, garden or take some other type of exercise in the natural world.

Read more at
http://richardlouv.com/blog/

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