Scientific name: Syzygium aromaticum. Name in different languages:- English: Clove tree, Clove, Cloves. Burmese: Ley nyim bwint. Dutch: Kruidnagel. kruidnagelboom. French: Clou de girofle. German: Gewürznelkenbaum, Gewürznelke. Indonesian: Cengkeh, Céngké. Italian: Chiodo di garofano. Japanese: Choji. Korean: Chonhyang-namu, Kullobu, 정향. Malay: Bunga cengkeh. Norwegian: Nellik. Portuguese: Craveiro-da-índia, Cravinho, Cravo-da-índia. Polish: Goździki, Goździków korzenny. Romanian: Cuișoare. Sinhalese: Karabu nati. Spanish: Clavo de olor, Clavo. Swedish: Kryddnejlikor, kryddnejlika. Sanskrit: Shriisanjnan, Lavanga. Hindi: Laung, Lavang. Assamese: Laung. Bengali: Labango, Lavanga. Gujarati: Lavang. Marathi: Lavang. Oriya: Labanga. Telugu: లవంగాలు. Tamil: Graambu, Karambu, karāmpu, Krambu. Kannada: Krambu, Lavanga. Malayalam: Krambu, Grampoo.
Clove tree (Grampoo) can be cultivated in any type of soil provided it gets enough rainfall. The soil which has high humus content is the most ideal for Clove tree (Grampoo) cultivation. The seeds of clove must be picked from a high yielding plant. The seeds of clove should be soaked in water and the skin should be peeled off. The seeds should be sown immediately after peeling the skin. Platforms of mud should be made 20 cm high and 1 meter wide from the ground and channels should be created between the platforms. Sand should be added on the top layer of the platform and seeds are sown at a distance of 10 cm from each other. Watering should be done regularly and after a month, water is provided depending on the moisture of the soil. Bordeaux mixture is applied to prevent wilting disease and the plants are replanted after 1 year.
Pits to plant Clove tree (Grampoo) are made at a dimension of 50 cm each and plants are placed half a meter from each other. The pits are filled with top soil and vermiform compost and to wade off hot season and provide shade, gulmohars can be planted. Manure and irrigation should be done at 3 and 6 months period and additional manure like bone meal and neem oil cake also are put without damaging the tap root. In the second year again before and after monsoon, manure should be provided. Weeds should be regularly plucked off and the harvesting of cloves begin in the eighth month. The flower buds are plucked when the stem turns pink. These clove buds are plucked as bunches and dried immediately in sunlight. Care should be given to protect from fungi and while drying the buds should be stirred in between. If the buds have brown color, they are considered as top quality cloves. Also the quality is assessed by trying to bend the bud and touch the two ends. A good quality clove cannot be bent such.
Clove trees (Grampoo) are prone to diseases like wilting, leaf infestations, falling of the buds etc. The symptoms of disease is the drying of branches or stem and a remedy for this is to apply 1% Bordeaux mixture once in a month on the Clove tree (Grampoo).