Where to buy cheap saplings in Bengaluru?

Where to buy cheap saplings in Bengaluru?

Last week, Karnataka Forest Minister Ishwar Khandre briefed the media on plans to reduce the prices of saplings sold in its nurseries. Rangeland Forestry Officials (RFOs) said the high prices had led to a significant drop in sales Metrolife.

Nurseries affiliated with the Forest Department sell seedlings at subsidized prices, which are said to be about 30% cheaper than private nurseries. These seedlings are available within the “Seedling Raising for Public Distribution” program in different sizes. A sapling in a 6 x 9 inch bag currently costs Rs 6, and Rs 23 for an 8 x 12 inch bag. Last year, they were on track for Re 1 and Rs 3 respectively.

Referring to the price revision, Khandre said an 8X12 bag will now cost Rs 6. The RFOs said they are waiting for a government order (GO) to implement the new pricing. June and July are the peak months for sales as many groups and institutes carry out agricultural campaigns during the onset of rains.

Five nurseries in Bengaluru belong to the forest department. They sell between 12 and 30 varieties of seedlings ranging from flowering and fruiting plants to medicinal and woody plants.

Hanumanatappa Patil is an RFO in the Yelahanka cluster, under which the Hennur nursery falls. He says mahogany and hong saplings are the most popular, and are bought by farmers, NGOs, schools and colleges. Speaking about the impact of rising prices, he says: “We sold only 3,800 seedlings this month. We sold an average of 10,000 seedlings per month last year.

Shivaratreshwara Swamy, RFO in-charge of both KR Puram and Anekal group, says that while farmers usually buy species like melia dubia, silver oak, swietenia and teak, the urban group, which includes corporates and the city corporation, is indiscriminate in its selection. “They buy Java plum, Pongem oil tree, pink tapioa, Indian almond tree, and mangoes. They grow them on the roadside, in the garden, near lakes, or in their plot,” he says. Among the medicinal plants, they are sought after. Indigo (Indian gooseberry). He says that the two nurseries within his range have sold between 10% and 20% of their stock of 1.05 lakh seedlings so far this year.

The Solikeri Arboretum, which is part of the Kagalipura Collection, houses 17 species of plants. “Tabebuia rosea and tabebuia avellanedae are the most popular ones in our nursery. People buy them to plant on roadsides and on the campuses of educational institutions,” says forester Shashi Kumar.

At Hebbal Nursery, NGOs and farmers do bulk purchases, buying mostly mahogany, silver oak, Lakshmi Taru and Basavanapada seedlings. “Locals love to plant flowering species like Tabebuya rosea, Tabebuya avelaniidae, Sambeg (Magnolia champaca) and Nagalinga pushpa (Cannonball Tree),” says Balakrishna, nursery officer.

These nurseries are open all days of the week except Sundays and holidays. -Time is from 9 am to 6 pm.

Forestry Department Nurseries

(With inputs from Rohit Grabaud)

published 27 June 2023, at 18:50 he

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