How To Grow A Nutmeg Tree From Seed

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For some strange reason, I have always found it funny that some nuts come from trees. Don’t ask me why, that is just how it is! LOL. Anywho we have grown a couple of nut trees around the homestead, remember the medjool dates and the hazelnuts? Well, it is always fun to add more so I did some research on how to grow nutmeg from seed.

The most popular species, Myristica fragrans is native to Indonesia. However, it can now be found in other countries with tropical climates including Grenada in the Caribbean. What I really love about the nutmeg seed is, you can also get Mace from it. So you grow one tree, you get two spices… the ever popular 2 for 1 BOGO offer!! Yay.

How To Grow Nutmeg
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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • fresh nutmeg seeds
  • potting soil
  • small pot
  • water
  • plastic spray bottle
  • ziploc bag (optional)

If they are still there, remove the red arils from the seed. These are dried and used to make the spice they call Mace. If you are dealing with a seed that has been lying idle for some time, you will need to soak it in some water for at least 24 hours before you can plant it. It is up to you, you can plant it directly into the ground or in a small container.

Keep well watered, and it should take up to 30 days for germination to occur. If you planted it in a small pot, don’t forget to move it to a bigger one or into the ground once it has outgrown the pot. Young seedlings thrive in partial-shade, warm, humid environment. Keep indoors in area that receives up to 6 hours of sunlight daily and mist with fresh water as often as twice a day. It will take about 7 to 9 years before your tree starts producing fruit. However, you can only expect full production after at least 20 years.

You can get more information from the Hunker blog, here…

How To Grow A Nutmeg Tree

You can watch the video below on how to prep Nutmeg seed for planting…

You can watch the video below on the budding of a Nutmeg plant…

You can watch the video below on harvesting Nutmeg…


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