I am in Gauteng area S.A. Dear Johann, congratulations, that sounds awesome! Generally, they can survive in direct sunlight as they come from regions where the sun is quite intense and in the wild I have seen quite a number of them germinating in very sunny spots. We have lots of compost but I’m worried about the root rot you mentioned. Good luck and all the best, Heike. It is also reported that baobab seeds have very hard seed coats and germination rate is usually less than 20%. Several methods, such as wet heat treatment, total or partial seed decoating and scarification of seeds with concentrated acids, herbicides, fungicides and growth regulators, were tested in 1988 and 1989 to break dormancy. Best regards, Heike. I live in Germany and I do not use a heating pad and do not apply direct heat to my baobabs. Any experience or insight on this? Thus far I’ve managed to get 6 of the species to germinate and I have a small and growing collection of trees on the deck. It really helped when germinating my baobabs. A heating pad? I got them home and tired to save the one but I think it’s gone now. This is very interesting ive been growing adasonia digitata the African baobab since spring 2011 in Edinburgh Scotland and out of around 60 seeds i got 50 plants which were fast growing and had no space for them and gave away them all apart from four which i keep to this day and they are doing well. Your email address will not be published. Buy Baobab tree seeds from TreeSeeds.com. Sometimes the little leaves shrivel and fall off after a while anyway. They are around four months old by now. But they have a tendency to develop root rot if drainage of the pot is not good. I’ve only tried grandidier once (2 seeds) and failed. I take a mixture of regular soil and cactus soil and it seems to be ok – one of my baobabs grew a branch of 90 cm this last summer. Follow these steps to grow baobabs from seeds successfully: Being patient is very helpful for your “Baobab” project. I usually scratch the seeds open at one spot and for that I use a little saw. months or later it should not be a problem to repot. In the process I damaged the roots so two of them didn’t make it and the remaining one has not grown at all for over two months now. If left with no leaves it could develop root rot and die. I place the germinated seeds on the soil and cover them with rough river sand. Could you try again? Mine is now just in the normal all purpose compost. Thanks for this good idea! Yes, I have heard that people throw the seeds in boiling water for some minutes or proceed as you described above. Then put it into lukewarm water for 48 hours. Please sow the seeds on the mineral soil. Best is to monitor how they develop and maybe replant to regular soil or cactus soil at a later stage. I am growing them outdoors. Required fields are marked *. many thanks, Nashon Wuon Hawi gi Teko. The pure sand has the advantage that it keeps the little black flies away… Water the little baobabs regularly but make sure that they do not get too much water. But a visitor spotted a shoot yesterday, one year and one month to the day since I planted them. Dear Jonathan, thank you very much for your comment. I then removed them from the refrigerator and planted them in moist soil, with a lid on the plastic cup. My boaobob is 2 months old today. Good luck & please let me know if you succeed! https://baobabstories.com/en/watering-baobabs-how-to-do-it-properly/, If those posts & my ansers leave questions open feel free to contact me again. Alternatively, normal seed substrate could be used as well. Before planting or after? The flies like it warm and moist and place their eggs in the soil. The puzzle was solved. Dormancy in seeds of Adansonia digitata (L.) can be attributed partly to the testa and partly to the pulp. Best regards, Heike. I potted them and covered them with sand today. Dear Bob, sorry for my late response – I travelled in the land of the baobabs. I repot my baobabs into new soil every 2 years and usually do not fertilize them. A gardener in Namibia nipped a piece off a seed with pruning shears. You could use the soil/sand mixture as well. Also did you use hot water on the tissue or where did you keep it warm? More studies should be done to find easier way of breaking seed dormancy of baobab. Hi Ali, thank you for dropping a message & congratulations that one of your baobab seeds germinated. In case of any questions feel free to contact me and I shall see what I can do. They are on a window sill above a heating element and a few days ago I also put a led growing light above them to keep them growing upright because it already gets darker around 5 pm these days here in Belgium. Thank you Heike for the info. With respect to the soil – I am not familiar with Pindan soil and I would not use cheap potting mix although I think that the baobabs will be able to cope with the latter. I’m terried that this is the end of this plant too. Germination capacity for intact seeds of the five remaining species proved weak: 3–8% for A. madagascariensis, A. rubrostipa, A. perrieri and 27–28% for A. digitata and A. za; germination was significantly higher (96– 100%) when the seeds were scarified before sowing. I have planted several adansonia digitata and did not pay much attention during summer months whether they were in direct sunlight or not as I do monitor them closely once they break through the sand in the pot. Hi Heike, if the seeds haven’t germinated significantly as yours did after 2 days in the paper tissue, can you leave them longer? And waited. Thanks Fabrizio P. Dear Fabrizio, thank you for your comment. I suspect that the smell comes from the baobab seeds. Hi Fran, thank you for contacting me. Please let me know about progress. The germination rate of the baobab seeds is significantly higher with the peeling method. Please make sure that the drainage of the pot you keep your sapling in is good. Thank you & best regards, Heike. Hello Sunilkumar, thank you very much for your comment & congratulations for growing baobabs from seeds successfully. Heike. I think in your part of the world you are approaching the cold period when baobabs mostly do not have leaves. From my experience and what I hear and read from others: treating the seeds before planting usually leads to a higher rate in germination as if only planted in soil. Thank you for sharing your information & please let me know about progress – it is always interesting to exchange experiences with other baobab enthusiasts! They should be kept in a warm spot, not direct sunlight and no wind. If it looks healthy you could leave it. So – they would have to be quick… You write that you live in London – maybe temperatures get too cold for residing in the garden in winter. I use cactus soil but I would like to know if I need to use fertilizer at some stage and if so, what kind? I have not had very good luck though with your method of soaking in water after peeling the hard coating off. Has anyone done similar tests? Since I had limited seed for suarezensis and grandidier, I’ve mostly experimented on the other species that I had more seed for but now I’m starting to get more plants than I have room for and still need to somehow germinate 2 more species! They catch root rot easily. The reason is the seeds are covered with a tough coat and only the hot stomach acid of an elephant will prepare it for germination. Some seem to have success with throwing the seeds into boiling water or into acid. Dear LJ, thank you for your post. My source of seed that I trust has a new stock of grandidier so I hope to try that species again soon. Is this normal or is there anything I can do? I grew a baobab a few years ago, from a twig bought in Dakar. can be placed outside in a warm spot – for example on the, balcony, in the garden or on the terrace. Baobab – grow your own from seeds from Heike Pander on Vimeo.. Maybe you can place a layer of river sand around the little plant to help the drainage. I have spoken to a number of researches and they confirmed that not all of the seeds will germinate – some only do so after some years, some never will. The steps are soaking seeds in warm water for about 48 hours, peeling seeds then putting them on moist tissue in a container and close the container with a lid and keep them for another 48 hours. I’d like to germination instructions Adansonia digitata - African baobab: Please use for sowing Jiffy 7 Peat Pellets, soak them in water and put in a plastic pot. Is there a specific grow light that I should get for the tree, if it does not get 6 hours of direct sunlight? They catch root rot easily… Good luck & happy 2020, Heike, Hello Will, sorry for my late response I was travelling & I found your message today only… If you have not started your project yet go ahead and try the same method with a few of the seeds. That is quite a success! I now have about 35 seedlings and it’s taken about 3 weeks. Beware, the small seedlings are susceptible to spider mites, Heat: The seeds need a warm environment, that means temperatures around 20 ° Celsius. it is ready to plant in soil, is the hole thing buried 1 to 2 inch under the soil or just the root alone? There are about 2000 species of lace bug worldwide, all assigned to the family Tingidae; the majority are host-specific (feeding on one type of plant) and a small number of species are highly destructive plant pests. Germination of baobab seeds from tree number two and three treated with sulphuric acid were sixty … Thus far, I’ve been following roughly the same treatment process for all seeds which basically mimics your process: soak in hot water for a day or so, scratch the seed coat, soak some more, peel down to the white part of the seed, place on damp cloth until root growth is apparent then plant shallowly in coconut coif. A few were ready almost as soon as they popped out of the soil. Put the pot in a warm spot. You mentioned placing the newly potted seeds on a balcony or terrance outside. As pot plants baobabs like to be kept at temperatures around 18° C during their dormancy phase where they drop their leaves (in winter). Fill seeds in warm water for 24 hours; Fill seeds in cold water for 72 hours. I have some concentrated sulphuric acid which I used to scarify palm tree seeds which I soaked for 6 hours and it removed their hard coat perfectly and they are in damp tissue hoping to germinate. It is worth noting that the husks removed easily from those that had well-developed leaves trying to burst free. Adansonia digitata still does photosynthesis with a layer of cells below the outer bark and it still draws water from the soil – just a bit slower than with leaves. It helps to test the soil (not only the surface) with your finger whether it is still wet. Baobab seed weight (Adansonia digitata) on seed germination and seedling growth. 1) Some species germinate much easier than others. If you care to give them something extra you could use natural fertilizer – like made from nettles or manure or buy fertilizers available in stores. Thanks for this page. describe sounds promising and I think your little baobab will start Yannik, Hi Yannik, congratulations! There is a small crack in one of them and the leaf are yellow underneath… and place the seedlings on top of the mixture, then cover everything with rough river sand. All the best, Heike. Hello! I tried the acid on a few baobab seeds as I read a lab test that did this but after 24 hours there was no change to the hard coat so I am staying with your method and will do as many seeds as I can. Hi Francois, thank you for contacting me. I had the same problem with some seeds – some still sprouted, others did not. Thanks! If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. I want this tree to be happy for generations to come and hope to bonsai it over time. Hi Heike, The pod was still completely sealed so I thought I’d have a go at planting. Heike , Using varous methods (sandpaper, scratching with secateurs and just soaking) 4/6 of my seeds have germinated. 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