Mr.Arjunan from Tirunelveli is a very inspiring person and TWA team salutes his effort to make the nation more greenery. He has planted more than 35,000 trees across Tamil Nadu, and he wants to plant thousands more. “Our aim should be to green the State enough to restore its ecological balance, its rainfall. We should not have to beg other States for water,” Greening Tamil Nadu is Arjunan’s only dream. “Once I do that, I am ready to die,” he says.
He also teaches the technique of growing a tree in just 90 days. (tree propagation using ‘cuttings’)
This is how it is done
Pack soil tightly into a sack that is at least one-and-a-half-feet long. Allow it to stand for two days. There should be no air pockets in the bag of soil.
Choose a branch that is at least six feet long
Ensure the portion where it has been lopped off is not damaged
Soften the soil with water and gently lower the branch into it. Pack soil tightly around the base.
The branch has to be watered every day. One litre of water a day is all that it takes. Cool water should fall like rain on the branch from the top, and not directly into the soil.
Protect from direct sunlight. An overhead net or even a simple sari will filter at least 50 per cent of the sunlight. After 45 days, the plant can be put out in the sun. In 90 days it is ready.
Arjunan can be contacted at 97903 95796 for the technique and the list of trees that can be grown using this method
The original post can be found in The Hindu.