Jatropha Curcas Seeds
Our Superior high yielding Jatropha Curcas seeds will:
- Reach first harvest after 8 months with full production in their 5th year
- Have a life-span of 60 years, while producing seed for up to 50 years
- Be freshly harvested and professionally packed & shipped
- Exceed guaranteed 90% germination rate
- Produce fruit with high oil content (60%) - with proper management
- Have selected genetics from plants that have produced over 10 Tonnes of Oil per Hectare, per Year. (10 - 15kgs per tree at maturity)
Seed production of our high yielding Jatropha Curcas seeds
With correct management, soil and plant nutrition along with adequate moisture our seeds will
achieve the following yields planted at 3,030 plants/Ha
- 1st year oil yield/Ha 4.5 tonnes
- 2nd year oil yield/Ha 9.0 tonnes
- 3rd year oil yield/Ha 13.5 tonnes
- 4th+ year oil yield/Ha 15.0 tonnes
Jatropha Curcas Propogation and Cultivation
The advantage of Jatropha Curcas seeds over Jatropha curcas cuttings
Jatropha Curcas grows readily from seeds or cuttings. However trees propagated from cuttings have a shorter productive lifespan and lower drought/disease resistance than plants propagated from seed.
Also, Jatropha Curcas trees produced from cuttings do not produce true taproots. Instead, they produce pseudo-taproots (surface roots) that may penetrate much less than half the depth of soil as taproots produced on trees grown from seed.
Note: This year's cold weather in China completely killed all Jatropha Curcas plants propogated from cuttings. Only those that were propogated from seeds with a true tap root survived the frost.
Achieving Outstanding Jatropha Curcas production
Jatropha curcas plants inoculated with MYCORRHIZAL FUNGI adapted to the prevailing soils will help young seedlings grow faster and with a balanced nutrient uptake with less fertilizer inputs in the nursery phase. This will mean the plants will be more likely to survive stressful environmental conditions and give higher yields. This is because the Fungi increase the volume of soil from which nutrients can be gathered by a factor of 700 improving drought tolerance and minimising the time to outplanting. The uptake of other nutrients (N, P, NA, Zn, S and Cu) essential for plant growth is also facilitated by mycorrhizal fungi, and it has the ability to access and take up normally unavailable forms of Phosphates for plant uptake.
The 2 Jatropha plants on the right have received Mycorrhizal treatment, displaying increased growth and branch density.
Jatropha Plantation Carbon Credits
The addition of Mycorrhizal fungi to the Jatropha plant at the planting stage assists the sequestration of carbon in the soil over the lifetime of the plant (40-50 years) and thereby can qualify a Jatropha plantation for Carbon Credits.
Our High Yield Jatropha Seed supply is always available as follows:
10kgs sample box including DHL USD$600
25kgs sample box including DHL USD$800
Larger orders up to 25 tonnes per shipment P.O.A.
Please Note: Due to current worldwide demand for establishment of plantations for sustainable renewable energy we are seeing supply of high quality seed diminish very quickly.
Selecting Optimum Location For A Jatropha Plantation
Ideal temperature range is 20-40 degrees C, however temperatures down to 10 degrees and up to 50 degrees are acceptable.
We do not recommend planting in areas with a history of frost.
Ideal rainfall is over 1,000-1500 mm/yr however 600-3,000mm/yr is acceptable.
Ideal dry months not exceed 4 months but up to 7months without rain is acceptable.
Ideally large expanse of land with minimum interruption by creeks/rivers/gorges/mountains. Some interruption is acceptable
Ideally gently sloping terrain. However level to undulating is acceptable.
Ideal Altitude is 50-300m above sea level. however 10-600m is acceptable.
Soil PH 6-9
Very well drained sandy loam is ideal. Very sandy to heavier soils are acceptable. good drainage is essential.
Land cannot have water pooling for more than four days or the plants can die.
Ideally a location with protection from heavy winds, some wind is acceptable but if it is excessive it can have a detrimental effect on pollination by pollinators such as insects and bees.
Ideal location will have close access to a good port for importing fertiliser and exporting oil, however good land with quality road access to port is acceptable.
Port access is less important if Jatropha oil is used locally for biodiesel or Power generation.
Adequate supply of water for power generation/ processing plant/drinking
Job creation will be in the order of 2,000 people for 10,000Ha of Plantation. Proximity to Labour, water, power and transport is necessary.
Obviously inspection will be necessary for final assessment and acceptability.