If you were given 3-5 acres of land, what sort of trees would you plant on this piece of land?
- Fruits and nuts
- Round wood species and plywood
- Non-timber forest products and oil seeds
- Paper and pulpwood
- Forage and fuel wood
Some of the popular choices seem to be eucalyptus, mango, teak, custard apple, jajube/ber, tamarind, red sandalwood, guava, pomegranate, jamun, drumstick, neem, jackfruit, portia, coconut, sweet lime, cashew, bamboo, Indian gooseberry etc.
The reason for starting this thread is providing a reference to all the enthusiasts desirous of starting farming, who would get a broad overview of what type of trees to plant, as well as how to go about it by visiting this thread.
Please give your reason(s) as to why you would want to pick some types of trees over the others and/or the choice of trees selected for mixed plantations e.g. quality of land, suitability of climate, growth rate, gestation period, easy marketability, higher returns, taking the entire life cycle and then converting into annual returns, trees for beautification etc.
Also please mention how you intend going about it i.e. where you intend purchasing the saplings from (thus new members on this forum would get an idea of the addresses of the various nurseries in different states of India), what sort of spacing would you give between two trees, how you intend caring for the trees in the first few months/year(s), what types of pesticides you intend using or avoiding etc.
Please also try to mention your state of residence, if possible (so the new members know what sort of trees may be best suited in a particular state).
I now throw open this thread to the forum members.