If you are looking to purchase Baobab tree seeds then you are in luck as the 'Seeds of Eaden' on-line seed shop now carries baobab tree seed as part of their 'Rare and Exotic Plants' range.
Commonly known as the 'Upside-down tree', a mature baobab can reach a giddy height of between 50-70ft in its natural environment.
The genus of baobab trees - Adansonia contains nine species of tree, including six native to Madagascar, two native to mainland Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and one native to Australia.
All baobab species occur in seasonally arid areas, and are deciduous, shedding their leaves during the dry season.
The Baobab trees unusually swollen trunk is due to its ability to store water in it so that it is able to endure the harsh drought conditions particular to each region.
While it can be difficult to replicate the conditions required to grow a Baobab tree successfully outside, they are relatively easy to grow from seed and can be kept as a house plant or bonsai.
How to grow a Baobab tree from seed
Before anything else, soak the seeds in fairly hot water for 2 hours. If the seeds are particularly large then they can first be lightly filed at one point on the seed before soaking. This will help to encourage earlier germination
Place the seeds into a heated propagator or warm place and maintain an optimum temperature between 25-27 Celsius. The seeds can now be moved to a sunny position.
Be aware tat the germination rate for baobab seeds can be slow and sporadic so sow two to three times the amount of seed required to ensure you get enough stock.
Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 3 inch pots and pot on as required into 5 inch and finally 8 inch pots.
Grow in good light, don't over-water and provide a minimum winter temperature of 10-13 Celsius.
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