How to grow Candlenut

Candlenut growing tree of the genus Aleurites also known as Nuez de la India or Kemiri, Candlenut perennial evergreen plant also used as ornamental plant, can grow in tropic, mediterranean or subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+.

Leaves color silver-green the top of the leaf is green the bottom is gray-silvery.

Flower color white-cream, the flowers grow in inflorescence.

Nuez de la India nut

Nut color is white-cream, outer shell green that become brown cracked mostly when the nut ready to eat; nutshell is brown and very hard to break.

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Requirements for Candlenut growing and care:

Frost free (can survive light frost, few days)

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Fruit contain some toxic

Planting season:
All year (in colder climate spring)

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
After the fruit autumn – winter

How to prune:
Just for design

Size of the plant?
7-20 m, 21-60 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower
White-cream, the flowers grow in inflorescence

Pollination is done by:
Bees, flies

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Nuts harvest season:
Summer / Autumn

Nuts pests or diseases:

What can be done with big quantities of Candlenut nuts?
Roasted, oil, spread

Work requirements on the nuts:
Crack the nutshell

How long does it take to bear nuts?
5-8 years

Scientific name:

Aleurites moluccanus

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Culinary Uses

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