Poochapazham or cat eye fruit is known for its protein, minerals, folate, and other micro minerals, that are required for the development of the brain and body, especially for children. So it is important to grow a poocha pazham plant in every home that gives importance to the health of children. Nothing can replace organic and natural food supplements that we get from nature around us.
The plant is similar to an ornamental plant, having a lot of leaves and a bunch of fruits on every branch just like grapefruits. The fruit is tasteful and has the smell of puffed rice. The fruit is white. The plant is in the family of java apple. The branches and stem from this plant are comparatively stronger.
Many health experts suggest using poocha pazham instead of artificial food supplements for it is natural and there will be no side effects. The cat eye plant is easy to grow which needs no constant care. The plant was easy to find before several decades but now the plant is nearly extinct. Most of the present generation doesn’t know the poochapazham or its benefits. But now, by understanding the positive results of cat fruit, many homes began to raise the plant nowadays. The botanical name of poochapazham is Syzygium Zeylanicum.
Cat fruit plant is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 12 meters. The birthplace of this plant is South Asia. The plant flowers in February- March months. The flowers are like cat fur that is the reason the plant is called cat eye fruit plant. The flowers bear a smaller amount of fragrance. Sometimes the plant is being nurtured as a decorative plant instead of the benefits that the plant has. It is also good to nurture the plants in pots or as a bonsai tree.
It is from the seeds that new plants are grown. Seeds are getting from the fruits. Clean the seeds from the fruits and dry them under a shade, and plant the seed in a mixture of cow dung and soil. Water the mixture, and the seed will sprout in 10-15 days. When four leaves appear, then we can change the plant into a polythene cover which is filled with potting mix. After 6-8 months the plant can be planted in the soil. Air-layered branches are available in many nurseries nowadays.
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