Sandalwood Cultivation


Red ferruginous loam is the most common soil on which sandal tree occurs, the underlying rock often is metamorphic and chiefly gneiss. It is not exacting as to the depth of the soil and is frequently found on rocky ground and on stony or gravelly soils.

Sandal requires good drainage and does not stand water logged ground. Best growth of tree is on rich fairly moist such as garden loam and well drained deep alluvium on the river banks. (Troup, 1921)

Sandal grows better in slight alkaline condition soil PH Range between 6.7. To 7.5.


Sandalwood grows best between attitudes of 700 to 1100m though it may go up to 1500m and descend as low as 300m.


Ø      Troup, R.S., (1921), The silviculture of Indian Trees, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 3: 817.

Ø      Troup, R.S., (1991), Concentric rings in sandalwood, Indian Forester, 45:57-63

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