Karanja Cake – Terviva
Karanja Cake is the residue obtained from Karanja seed kernels which have been crushed to extract the oil. Rich in N-P-K, it is an excellent organic fertilizer. Karanja cake has been known to enrich the soil and protect the plant. Earthworm populations have been known to increase where karanja cake has been applied.
Slow Release Nitrogen, Aerates, Nourishes, Promotes Plant Growth & Resistance, Improves Soil Quality. Excellent for Vegan Organic Gardening.
The Karanja tree– Pongamia Glabra – is widely distributed in tropical Asia. The tree is hardy and drought resistant. The ‘Pongam’ tree is commonly found in India and grows to a height of about 1 m.
The oil of the Karanja or Pongam is used in pharmacy and in agriculture. Like, neem oil, it is excellent for skin and hair and used in the manufacture of soaps, creams, lotions and other skin and hair care products.
A mixture containing equal amounts of neem and karanja oil is very effective on animals for skin problems.
Good resources for more information on Karanja are:
How to use:
Top Dressing / Soil Building
- 1/2 Cup per cubic foot will be plenty (Cubic foot is about 7.5 gallons of soil)1 cup weighs 6.5 ounces.
- Exercise caution when mixing soil. Be sure to leave soil mix to rest and compost for at least 1 week. The Longer the better.Use VERY little for any seed starting soil.
Use full strength or mixed with other organic (kelp, seaweed, manure, etc.)
Apply before (the area can be prepared up to a week or 10 days before planting) or during planting or for established plants around root zone. Use mixed into the soil 6-8 inches or as basal dressing.Coverage:180 to 360 lbs./acre, 1lb. for plots 100 to 160 sq.ft.