Black – pepper is one of the most popular spices in the world across numerous cuisines. If you’re reading this from India and if you’re up around somewhere near around the Western Ghats, with some spare time, you can add up with some serious black pepper cultivation. India is already sitting pretty in the top spot from the global picture. And this is called ‘Black Gold’ for more reasons than one. Coming back to the cultivating part of it all, here’re some tips.
Some Secret Tips for Cultivating The King of Spices: –
• Hit the Right Nodes –
Among the first things that you’re going to learn about cultivation is being vegetative about. Forget seeds. Why? Well, it’s going to take quite some time to come up with the goods. Point is, you need to get the right cuttings. The secret to this is not the higher number of notes. You’re looking for just the fruits right from the start and not the whole tree. The secret number – 2 or 3 nodes.
• Mix n’ Match –
Mix it around. You should already know that this is a climber so it needs some sort of a support right from the start of things. Mix your pepper plants with strong supporting crops. Coconut, areca nut and jackfruit trees are the preferred choices you should stick with as they’ll provide the support and recreate the perfect soil state.
• Control Your Water –
Yeah, pepper will need proper watering. That said, here’s a worst-kept secret to increase your yield by around 50%. You’ll need to irrigate a whole lot between the months of November and December till March. The plants will mature. That’s your cue. Hold up on the irrigation during monsoon. Let nature do its trick. Right here, you’ll get your yield!
Easy eh? Well not really. Budget’s going to play a big part. Tune in later to get a few smart ideas.