Bitter Kola (Garcinia kola) is known for a lot of beneficial properties. It is adapted to humid rain forests. Bitter kola seedlings are not common because of the problems farmers face with germination. Most times, farmers find it difficult to break dormancy in the seeds and unless the seed coat is removed, growth is unlikely. And this is why Bitter Kola seedlings are the best for farm propagation
- Bitter Kola seedlings can grow to maturity to yield up to 500 fruits and 1700 nuts each year.
- Bitter Kola can reach a height of 30m, and has leathery leaves, and greenish-white flowers.
- Its tree may serve as shade in Cocoa plantations.
- Bitter Kola prefers wet or moist soils though can grow in any soil type.
Benefits of Bitter Kola
- The seeds are used for lived disorders, colic, head or chest colds, bronchitis, cough etc.
- The roots are used as chewing sticks.
- The bark has sticky resinous gum which can be used to treat gonorrhoea. The gum can also be used to cover new sounds.
- The seed and bark can be used to treat stomach pains.
- The leaf is purgative and can be used to treat pulmonary and Gastrointestinal problems.
- Eating dry seeds can cure dysentery.
- The root and bark of Bitter Kola can be used to infuse fertility in both males and females.Bitter kola 2-3 years (Improved-Grafted variety)
Bitter kola 4-5 years ( Improved variety )
Bitter kola 7-9 years ( Local variety)