Litchi : A fruit with ’ love at first bite…'
Litchi, Chinese translated the best one as ‘gift for a joyful life’, of course lives up to its name. The litchi fruit contains vitamins and minerals that help a healthy diet. It is sweet and delicious and it has been enjoyed joyfully by its lovers.
Everybody who eats the litchi fruit immediately falls in love with it….
Many studies revealed that eating litchi fruit may reduce the risk of cancer. One such study was a published in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology showing that litchi fruit inhibits the construction and development of breast cancer.
The tissue of the litchi (once peeled from its hard spiky shell) tastes sweet, fragrant and delicious.
Litchi is a small fruit packed with loads of healthy nutrients. It is considered an exotic fruit and has a very short shelf life. This is why it is available for a very limited time even during its season.
Here are some of nutrition & health related benefit of eating litchi
Skin & Hair Benefits
- Prevents Signs Of Aging
- Helps Remove Blemishes
- Reduces Sunburns
- Promotes Hair Growth
- Has Anticancer Effects
- Promotes Cardiovascular Health
- Improves Digestion
- Prevents Cataract
- Acts Against Influenza
- Aids Weight Loss
Care instructions for growing fruit in containers
Fruit in containers is usually a little more hassle than growing fruit in the open ground. Do keep the following in mind:
- Position fruit plants in full sun
- Water generously but allow the compost’s surface to dry out before the next watering, without it becoming bone dry
- Leave hardy fruit outdoors over winter
- Peaches and apricots can be covered with a lean-to shelter from autumn to late winter to protect them from rain-splash and potential peach leaf curl
- To avoid the roots becoming pot bound, re-pot every year or alternate years after leaf fall. Once in its final pot, a plant can be root-pruned every other year with 30 per cent of the compost refreshed. In intervening years, replace the top layer of compost
- Fruit grown in pots is pruned just the same way as fruit grown in the open ground
- For the first two or three seasons, let the tree flower, but pinch off developing fruit. If the tree bears fruit too soon, it will not establish sufficient roots and wood strength. It may grow lopsided, new branches may not develop, and the tree eventually may break.
Recommended Pots - Above 17 inch Planters
You can also root prune them each year to maintain a convenient size. Alternatively, for mature plants, remove just the top layer of soil in the pot and replace this with fresh compost each spring.
Buy ready to use nutrient rich soil
In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.