Baobab Tree Seeds

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About & Species

(Adansonia digitata)

The Baobab tree is also called the Monkey Bread Tree, Dead Rat Tree and the Upside Down Tree. The Baobab tree is native to Africa's hot dry Savannah's. It is a common tree throughout the landscape of sub-Saharan Africa. It grows 16 to 82 feet tall and its large trunk for which it is known for can grow 33 to 46 feet wide. It can live to be over 1,000 years old. The Baobab tree bears very large white flowers from October to December. The Baobab tree harvests 10" fruits that have an edible dry pulp that is eaten fresh or dissolved in water or milk to make a drink. The fruit contains 50% more calcium than spinach and 3 times the vitamin C of an orange.  

Growth Rate: Medium to fast

Soil Type: Prefers well-drained soil.

Zones: 10-12

Germination Range: 60-80%

Stratification Requirement: Scarification required for germination. Soak seeds in water overnight. Nick the seeds with a knife or rub between coarse sandpaper for a few minutes.

Indoor Planting: If your seeds require stratification or scarification – do the recommended pretreatment before planting indoors. Planting Instructions: Fill a container with seed starting mix to about ½ inch from the top. Place your seeds 1 inch to 1 ½ inches below the soil surface. Gently water your seeds to keep moist, not soaking wet. Heat & humidity is critical for germination. Germination may occur in 1 week or as long as 3 months (depending on the species). Place the seed container on a heat mat under growing light(s). Keep your growing lights on 14 hours per day. Keep your heat mat on 24 hours per day. Once your seeds germinate, move each seed into its own container under the growing lights and on the heat mat. Keep your seedlings indoors for 2-3 months before transplanting outdoors in the spring (May to June).

Outdoor Planting: If your seeds do not require stratification: the best time to plant tree and shrub seeds outdoors is after the last frost in your area (spring). In the Northern states – the best time to plant seeds outdoors is from May to June. If your seeds require pretreatment: you should plant your seeds outdoors before the ground freezes in your area (late September to early November). Your seeds will naturally stratify during the cold winter. Germination usually occurs in May or during the spring season.