What is a Jatropha?
Where Can I Find Jatropha In South Africa?
The plant occurs in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, and South Africa. In South Africa, it is found in the following Provinces:
Limpopo, Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. The plant grows in wooded grassland with scattered shrubs and in mopane woodland.
What is the best time to plant Jatropha In South Africa?
Planting of seed or transplanting of Jatropha seedlings into the field is best done with the first effective rains, where there is no irrigation.
What is the lifespan of a Jatropha plant?
The plant can reach 10 m with a lifespan of up to 50 years.
Is Jatropha fast-growing?
This tree is a fast grower – the dwarf variety gets only 6 to 8 feet tall. It needs full to part sun and a well-drained spot.
Jatrophas are drought-tolerant once established, preferring regular waterings with time to dry out in between.