Tamarind Tree Seeds

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About & Species

(Tamarindus indica)

The Tamarind is a fast-growing tree that grows 45 to 60 feet tall. The tamarind fruit can be eaten raw and it is often used in making sweet & sour drinks. The Tamarind tree also produces edible gum. In the USA, it grows in California, Texas and Florida. The flowers attract bees that produce a high quality honey. The Tamarind tree is commonly used as a street tree, for shelter, wind break and as a hedge tree.  

Soil Type: Tolerant of wide range of soil conditions. The Tamarind tree is extremely drought tolerant. It can withstand 4-5 months of dry season.

Zones: 10 to 11

Germination Range: 60-80%

Stratification Requirement: None required

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.