Artocarpus heterophyllus


Jackfruit plant characteristics

Jackfruit, poor people fruit or jak tree (Artocarpus heterophyllus) is a fast growing evergreen tree, native to the jungles of India. It ranges from 450 to 1,600 m. altitude.

It is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical countries of Asia (India, Burma, Sri Lanka, southern China, Malaysia) and Africa (Kenya). Besides a fruit tree, it is a decorative tree that provides plenty of shade.

It belongs to the Moraceae family, being related to mulberry, breadfruit and fig treee.

There are usually very tall jackfruit trees in tropical places.(over 20 m)

Noted for its dense and broad crown, with large leaves of 20 or more cm. long, dark green, glabrous, glossy, oblong, deeply lobed or leathery.

Monoecious plant with male and grouped female flowers, growing from the same trunk or branches.

Fruits are huge, up to 90cm. long, hanging from the branches and the trunk. (It is one of the world's largest fruit).

Appearance of the tree with fruit.

Jack fruit required climate

- Tropical or subtropical climates.

- In tropical climates, it grows to great heights.

- Freezing cold damages its leaves and branches, although, if the tree is protected during their first winter, it can develop.

- Locate it in full sun and in a place protected from the wind.

Jackfruit needed soil

- Type of soil: sandy loam, deep, well drained.

- Optimal pH between 6 to 6.4, slightly acidic (4.5 to 8)

- It does not tolerate calcareous soils or water stagnant ones.

- Fertile soils rich in organic matter, such as those found in tropical rainforests.

- Need some degree of moisture and it is not drought resistant.

Jackfruit detail
Photography of jackfruits in a tropical country market, next to pineapples and bananas.

Jackfruit reproduction


- Fresh seeds are sown in the first 4 days after being removed from the fruit.

- Before being sown, it is recommended to place them 1-2 days in a medium with phytohormones to favor germination.

- Germination may take place in three weeks.

- Plant in a deep seedbed.

- Transplant in deep pots when first true leaves appear .

- This tree should be protected from cold the first winter if planted in tropical areas.

- Do not over-water (avoid puddles or flooding of soil)

- Mulch especially in subtropical climates.

- Plant in the final place when 2-3 years old. Soil should be rich in organic matter, deep, well drained. Preferably out of the wind.

Other methods of reproduction: Cutting - Air Layering.

Jackfruit tree
Photography of a jackfruit tree in a rainforest.

Jackfruit harvest

- Jackfruit tree produces fruit from 4-6 years on. It is very productive, especially in tropical climates where a single tree can produce 100 fruits per year.

- Fruits are late maturing and harvested at 3-7 months after flowering.

- They are usually harvested immature and the ripe fruit is very perishable.

- Collect them with the protection of gloves to avoid contact with the sticky resin that coats the skin.

Jackfruit diseases and pests

- Insects like caterpillars, mealybugs, etc..

- Pests like stem and fruit borers.

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