Scarification: none required|Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: none required|none required
Germination: Sow in a very warm place (80 degrees F) as soon as possible. Water once daily. They will germinate in 1-3 weeks.|sow seed 3/8 deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Other: Once the seedlings germinate, keep warm, in the sun, and allow soil surface to dry out between waterings.
Azadirachta indica, also known as neem or Indian lilac, is a powerful natural resource with a rich history of traditional medicinal use in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Maldives. This evergreen fast-growing tree is native to tropical and semi-tropical regions, thriving in areas with sub-arid to sub-humid conditions and an annual rainfall of 400–1,200 millimetres. It is noted for its drought resistance and is one of the few shade-giving trees that thrive in drought-prone areas. Known as the "village pharmacy" and "nature's drugstore," it is said to treat 40 different diseases and has been used for over two millennia for its medicinal properties. Neem products are believed to be antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral, making them a popular remedy for skin conditions, detoxifying the blood, and balancing blood sugar levels. In addition to traditional medicinal use, neem leaves and flowers are eaten as vegetables in parts of mainland Southeast Asia and are a rich source of protein. Its powerful pest and disease control properties also make it a valuable natural alternative to synthetic pesticides. Neem oil and neem-based fertilizers have been shown to suppress pest insects, deter egg-laying, and repel unwanted insects, protecting crops from damage. The neem tree truly is a divine tree, healing all that come in contact with it.