Adansonia digitata

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Adansonia digitata

Post Number:#1  Postby Geoff » Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:40 pm

Baobab Tree- my plant for about 8 years... then I let it croak in Acton... bummer

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Re: Adansonia digitata

Post Number:#2  Postby Jkwinston » Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:37 am

The early days of growing this specie are very interesting, as they have some of the hardest seeds which exist, and they tend to be very temperamental when young. The edge of the seeds need to be bruised/sanded to help with the germination process. Even then, I usually soak my seeds in very hot water for at least 48 hours. Once covered with soil in a deep pot, I apply a fungicide, as some seeds have a tendency to rot. How long for germination is a debatable topic. I have had some up after a week, and many others have taken up to six months. Once growing, repot carefully as they do not enjoy being messed around. Jkw

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Re: Adansonia digitata

Post Number:#3  Postby Jkwinston » Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:58 pm

Here are some of the bigger guys. The move to bigger plants is a giant step. Before trying consider the bonsai option. Jkw

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Re: Adansonia digitata

Post Number:#4  Postby Stan » Sun May 14, 2017 2:05 pm

I took care of one that had been donated to the local University and had grown in a SF front room for 20 years. It can be done.
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