Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency, 1883, Vol. 15 : Part II., Kanara (Classic Reprint)

James Macnabb Campbell

Excerpt from Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency, 1883, Vol. 15: Part II., Kanara The Betel-palm, M. Soparl K. Adilce, Areca catechu. The nursery from which the young betel-palms are brought is managed in the following way. In February when the betelnuts are fully ripe they are cut and kept eight days in the house. A bed is dug in a shady place and in it the nuts are set nine inches apart, with their eyes uppermost, covered with about an inch of earth. The bed is shaded with dry plantain leaves, and is sprinkled with water once a day. About the end of May, before the rains begin, the plantain leaves are removed and the young sprouts show above ground. In three months more, or after six months in all, the seedlings are half a foot high and are ready for planting. In February, that is about a year after the nuts were first planted, they get a little manure, and during the rest of the dry season they are Watered once in four to eight days according to the soil. About two years later, that is when the plants are about three years old and three to four feet high, they are set in their final places in lines under the shade of full-grown plantain trees. Young betel-palms are estimated to be worth 43d. (3 as.) the hundred 3 but they are seldom sold as one garden-owner generally gets what he wants from a friend or neighbour. The betel-palm begins to bear fruit thirteen years after its first or ten years after its second planting. In five years more it reaches perfection and lives fifty to a hundred years. When a palm dies, another from the nursery is put in its place. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.