A large tropical evergreen tree growing to 12m on average that is thick branched and dense with foliage, the Nutmeg is indigenous to the warm, humid climates of the Moluccas, known as the Spice Islands of Indonesia. The yellow coloured fruit contains two important spices, the “nutmeg”which is the seed contained within the fruit, and the scarlet coloured aril which surrounds the seed known as the mace. Both these are prominent spices used in many cooking dishes.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Requires a warm, humid climate.

    Will grow on any kind of soils but prefers clay loam, sandy loam, red laterite and those that have high organic matter.

    Young plants should be planted in a partial shade position. Once plants have become well established, they may be placed in a much sunnier area.

    If young nutmeg trees are planted in exposed areas, windbreaks should be provided. 

    Requires ample irrigation throughout the warmer months (summer).

    Dry climates or waterlogged conditions are not good for nutmeg cultivation.

    Planting is generally carried out at the onset of the rainy season.

    Ensure that there is adequate space between trees (6-7m), as touching branches may hinder flowering, ultimately affecting fruit quality and yields.

    Prune out lower branches to facilitate the collection of dropped seeds. 


  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Yrs 1 - 5

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 0.5-2.5kg

    Commercial Use: Up to 3kg

    Comments: Apply in spring and again in autmun. Begin with the minimum applicatiion amount and increase gradually by 500g every year of growth until maximum amount is reached. Light applications (200-400g) of sulphate of ammonia or calcium ammonium nitrate at the beginning of the rainy season is also beneficial for young developing nutmegs.


    Stage: 6 + Yrs

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 20 cups (4kg)

    Commercial Use: 4 - 6kg  

    Comments: Scatter well around the nutmeg tree, keeping fertiliser 1m away from the trunk. Do not rake or mix into soil as you may injure the plants shallow root system.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.