The Pilkhan is a species of fig tree native to the Indian subcontinent. It is a large tree, growing up to 30 m in height, with a trunk diameter of 1-2 m. The leaves are oblong-elliptical in shape, 10-20 cm long and 5-10 cm wide, with a pointed tip. The flowers are small and yellow, borne in clusters on the leaf axils. The fruit is a greenish-yellow drupe, 2-3 cm in diameter, with a fleshy pulp.
The Pilkhan is a drought-tolerant tree, but it prefers to be grown in moist conditions. It should be watered regularly during the growing season, and the soil should be allowed to dry out between waterings.
The Pilkhan does not require much fertilizer, but it will benefit from an annual application of compost or other organic matter. A balanced fertilizer can be applied every few months.
The Pilkhan does not require much pruning, but it can be trimmed to shape if desired. It can also be pruned to control its size.
Type of Soil
The Pilkhan prefers well-drained soil, but it can also tolerate heavy clay soils.
The Pilkhan is propagated by seed. The seeds should be sown in a well-drained medium and kept moist until they germinate. They typically take 3-4 weeks to germinate. Once they have germinated, the seedlings should be transplanted into individual pots and grown on for a few months before being planted out into their permanent positions.
The Pilkhan can also be propagated by cuttings. The cuttings should be taken from the tips of young branches and should be about 10 cm long. They should be placed in a well-drained medium and kept moist until they root. It typically takes 4-8 weeks for the cuttings to root.
Pest and Disease:
The Pilkhan is not known to be susceptible to any major pests or diseases. However, it can be affected by scale insects and mealybugs, which can be controlled with insecticidal soap or horticultural oil.
The Pilkhan is grown as an ornamental tree, and its fruits are edible but not particularly tasty. It can also be used as a shade tree or a windbreak.