A cold region fruit, apple could be grown in tropical areas too. After examining the successful plantation of apple by an Indonesian farmer in tropical Java, a Mandi-based Horticulture scientist, Dr Charanjit Parmar, believes the same can be done in Indian tropical areas like Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Parma, who recently visited Indonesia, said: “It will revolutionise apple cultivation in the country.”
According to Parmar, the Indonesian farmer, J Kribben, who is an electrician by profession, has developed a technique that changes natural behaviour of apple trees. The apple growers remove the leaves after the harvest, which is done mostly by hand. “The tree starts flowering again after 60 days and the next crop is ready after four months. The trees keep growing through out the year. There is no dor mant phase,” said Parmar.
Java is located six degrees south of the equator in tropical climate and there is no winter season at all. The minimum temperature does not go below 11 degree Celsius, meaning that the apple plants do not receive any chilling.