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Adansonia digitata – Baobab (seed)

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Adansonia digitata, the baobab, is the most widespread tree species of the genus Adansonia, the baobabs, and is native to the African continent. The long-lived pachycauls are typically found in dry, hot savannahs of sub-Saharan Africa, where they dominate the landscape, and reveal the presence of a watercourse from afar. Their growth rate is determined by ground water or rainfall, and their maximum age, which is subject to much conjecture, seems to be in the order of 1,500 years. They have traditionally been valued as sources of food, water, health remedies or places of shelter and are steeped in legend and superstition (from Wikipedia).

Care and Cultivation of Adansonia digitata

Nick Adansonia digitata seed coat so water can be imbibed and swell the seed, beginning the germination process. Plant 1-2cm under the surface of a good seed raising mix and place in full sun. Keep moist until germination. A drought tolerant, beautiful and hardy species suitable for most gardens from the subtropical zones northwards. Can be kept dry over winter in colder zones and makes a great succulent bonsai.

5 seeds per packet


Photo by Ferdinand Reus from Arnhem, Holland.


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