The sacred tree is slow in terms of growth and can grow to only a few feet per year stretching to a maximum of 5 to 8 ft on attaining the full maturity period of 50 years. Its demand for sunlight is moderate and though it can grow in densely shaded areas, growth would be restricted.
Like the mango tree, Palash requires soil which is swampy and saline and can hold water. Therefore, it grows best in the black cotton soil which is ill-drained. No wonder it can even grow in water-logged areas. Also, the soil should be alkaline with the pH value ranging from 8.0 to 9.2. It can even grow in dry areas provided it is not arid.
GROWTH & HARVESTING:-
Normally, the seeds start germinating in two weeks time and by the third or fourth week, the little plants are ready to be transplanted in rows which should be at least 5 meters apart. The plant grows well without using fertilizers though the weed is recommended in the early stage.