If you can grow a ficus, you can grow a neem tree — which a branch of the U.S. government has called a “tree for solving global problems.”
Also known as the “village pharmacy” in its native India for thousands of years, the National Academy Press published a book entitled “Neem: A Tree for Solving Global Problems” in 1992. More recently, the National Institutes of Health’s database of international research lists more than 1,000 reports on neem and its uses ranging from treating AIDS and preventing liver damage to its use as a bioinsecticide. *
Neem is also easy to grow. It thrives in ecosystems ranging from the Sahara Desert to the wet salty Florida Keys. In climates where temperatures regularly drop below freezing, it is happy in a pot outside during the summer and in a sunny window over the winter.
* This statement is based upon research from the National Institutes of Health library but has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Neem Tree Farms does not sell products which are intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any disease, or kill or repel insects except on plants. Links provided on this site are solely for informational purposes.