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Ta Shi Sweet Osmanthus

Sweet Osmanthus, also called Osmanthus fragrans, belongs to the Osmanthus Fragrans family and genera. 

Development History: Ta shi Sweet Osmanthus of Beilun district, which is the traditional product in Ningbo enjoyed widespread renown. Tradition has it that its origin was in Chang Jue Long, Nanshan, Hang Zhou, and Gui (meaning Sweet Osmanthus in Chinese), wife of Lu You, a great patriotic Confucianist, bring it here in the last years of North Song dynasty, with a history of over thousand years. In modern times, Ta Shi Sweet Osmanthus are plentiful before the 30s of last century, and decreased in number later on. Because Sweet Osmanthus is xylophyta perennial, and the interval from planting and production is quite long, there undertook a slow development, despite that it gained some development in the 50s. Currently, there are altogether 1620 large and small trees, with the total output of Sweet Osmanthus amounting to 26 tons in 1988.

Product Value: Sweet Osmanthus enjoys a relatively high economic value. It is rare natural spices, being extensively applied to foods and advanced cosmetics, such as Sweet Osmanthus wine, Sweet Osmanthus tea, Sweet Osmanthus sugar, Sweet Osmanthus juice and Sweet Osmanthus cake, etc. The food mill of Daqi supply and marketing cooperative began to process and produce Sweet Osmanthus sugar, which is the supplementary material for the production of cakes and desserts in terms of moon cake, sesame cake, Ningbo dumpling and sweet custard and so so. The above foods, good in color and sweet in taste, enjoy a great popularity among the customers, and are mainly sold to the counties ( county cities) in the city, and the large and medium cities such Shanghai and Suzhou, etc.
Sweet Osmanthus buds, leaves, and rinds can also be for medical use, and help prevent phlegm from forming and stop coughing.

Conditions for Appropriate Growing: Sweet Osmanthus tree has a strong adaptability to soil and climate, but it is better to grow under the climate of subtropical zone and warm temperature zone of not low temperature and quite plentiful rain, and is appropriate to grow in the deep, fertile and damp soil with good drainability.

Cultivation Techniques: Sweet Osmanthus, enjoying not only a high economic value, but also a high ornamental value, is a tree of double use of garden green and economic trees. It has a wide adaptability and long economic lifetime, and is fit to plant around the house, instead of struggling land with other plants.

(1) Reproduction: It can be reproduced by mound layer and soil. On the average, it will bloom and bear fruit in 6-8 years after its cultivation. Seeds should be collected from fine maternal plant. After collection, the seeds should be dried up by the sun and classified by the air. When they are sowed in the fall, the seeds are for direct sowing after their collection. When they are sowed in spring, the seeds should be stored in dry and ventilated places. Generally, they are sowed in drill for growing seedlings in land for field crop. Before growing seedlings, the field should be deep and thinly ploughed, and before ploughing, fertilizer to the subsoil must be fully applied, and sterilize the soil, and then irrigate enough water to the subsoil, to keep the soil damp enough.
(2) Cultivation: Sweet Osmanthus is fit to fragmentarily cultivated around the house, and is also possible to grow on the massifs and hillside fields. On the average, each tree should be kept 4 meters for array spacing, and 3-4 meters for row spacing, with 42-56 trees per mu. The big seeding of 5-6 years with original soil are to be cultivated late in the fall or early in the spring.
(3) Fertilizing: Childhood Sweet Osmanthus garden should be loosened and weeded each year, and catch for fertilizer. Grown-up Sweet Osmanthus garden should be fertilized twice every years, one is winter fertilization, which applies fertilization of radiating form and ringlike form; the other is summer fertilization, which is used to well fertilize the alabastrums in June to August.
(4) Pruning and trimming: in the winter, cross branches, spindling branches, dense branches and morbus branches, and the unnecessary inner branches should be cut down, so as to make the trees look like the form of steamed bun, and meanwhile to prevent and control the plant diseases and eliminate pest.

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Ornamental Lotus

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Address: Yingluo village, Daqi town, Beilun district, Ningbo City
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