They need to make sure to become tall as quickly as possible to survive – they are quite tasty and animals like to browse on the young shoots. If seeds turn soft & mushy that usually means that they were kept too wet – it is quite tricky to give the right amount of water which the very small baobabs need regularly. 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. Dear Jakob, thank you for contacting me. Here is the link: https://vimeo.com/292943864 I prefer to put a mixture of soil & river sand into a pot. Small baobabs require between 10 to 12 hours light/per day and they need to be kept at a warm spot – best temperature is about 24° C. They do not like draught/wind and they do not like it too wet around their roots. Maybe you could try to soak seeds for 48 hours and peel them and instead of waiting for another two days put them on soil in a pot and cover everything with a layer of two centimeters of rough river sand – that helps the drainage. I suspect that the smell comes from the baobab seeds. For information sake, I just found a pod I’ve had for around 30 years. It still has the two cotyledons and two leaves and it looks healthy. Best regards, Heike. If you planted several baobab seeds in one container, you can repot them after about three months. Kind regards, Heike. It depends whether you have damaged the spot inside that makes the seed sprout. Make sure your baobabs have constant temperatures – they should not be below 20 Degrees C. https://baobabstories.com/en/baobab-leaves-growing-in-spring/ Hello Blair, you are right with the repotting and that baobabs grow fast – this is up to approximately 200 years. Then I place the germinated seeds on the soil and then I cover them with a layer of approximately 2 centimeters of river sand – for better drainage. Put seeds in wet soil for 1.5cm cover with plastic; Water every day , the seeds will sprout in 15 days. I learned from people in a Namibian nursery that they crack the seeds open carefully with secateurs. Hi, why after step number 3, i smell stinky aroma from the lid? I still have hope that the third will germinate, but i don’t know if i should bother to crack the shell now? I am not so sure about the ones growing on coconut soil – I have not tried that. From others I have heard that they have watered their seeds for up to one year on a regular basis and had almost given up when the seeds finally germinated. I think in your part of the world you are approaching the cold period when baobabs mostly do not have leaves. GenStat edition 12 was used to analyse the diversity as well as germination and growth data. I have a few big pods – as it is winter & cold (Highveld), should I rather wait until Spring before planting the seeds? I place the germinated seeds on the soil and cover them with rough river sand. The sand makes the soil more permeable and helps to prevent, Pot: It should be at least 10 cm high. Be aware that it can take 3-4 months from your first Baobab seedling to germinate until your last one pokes its head above the compost. For this reason the study was initiated to see the relationship between Baobab seed weight, seed germination and seedling growth. Mine live on the livingroom windowsill all year round and therefore do not drop their leaves and skip the slow metabolism phase… Nevertheless, they seem quite happy. Baobabs do not like standing water at all over longer periods. and place the seedlings on top of the mixture, then cover everything with rough river sand. Heike. Out of four seeds only one germinated after 5 days and the others seemed to be very soft and mushy. Any experience or insight on this? 2) I’ve started to NOT scratch all the way down to the white. After watering leave it for a few days (depending on the heat) and check with your finger again. I will keep you posted on the progress of my boabs. All the best & good luck with your baobabs, Heike, Your email address will not be published. I noticed some pictures of 2 I have limited seed of grandidier and suarezensis but so far my germination success rate for those 2 species is 0%. Heike, Dear Jakob – have you tried to water the seed that broke apart and put it in water? Kindly advise me. The baobab tree has a thick, short trunk with branches that resemble root systems. Make sure it has enough water but not too much. I bought five on line, and followed the instructions to the letter, planting them individually in gritty soil in pots, and then putting clear plastic bags over them to prevent them from drying out. Peeling the seeds as per your instruction is definitely going to work – I was always under the impression that if I did that the seeds would rot. I have only heard that the University at Rhein-Waal in Germany has projects in Kenya where they graft baobabs from different areas and of different production quality to get better fruit etc. Using a nutcracker? Yannik, Hi Yannik, congratulations! mould can cause a problem. What you You could use the soil/sand mixture as well. Do I need to transplant the seedling to a mixture of cactus soil and coarse sand in 3 months?? And after 5 days, i check the seeda and found out that its rotten, small worm everywhere. More options are described here. 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. If they have made it through the first three months they are likely to survive. You probably repotted them too I have another question. If this is the case for you as well you could try to give them some extra light with growth lamps (I am not sure if you call them like that). How much light does it require as a sapling? I am sorry that your attempt to grow baobabs from seeds did not work. Producing a baobab tree from seeds is a simple project to complete at home. They grew rapidly day by day. I would really love some help. When does the mould occur with your seeds/seedlings? need regular water – but do not water too often. If you kept the soil too wet, they could have started to rot – because baobabs can catch root rot easily… Maybe you could describe what you did? Another reason could be that the tissue is too wet. Before planting or after? Dear Adebayo Joseph B., I am sorry but I do not understand the question – what exactly would you like to find out? Among the rare places over the World where species of baobabs are cultivated is Le Jardin Naturel, a botanical garden and nursery situated in the french island of Reunion, near Madagascar. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that your baobabs seeds will grow into healthy strong and huge trees. I live in Europe and our days are getting considerably shorter at the moment. -Sam, Dear Sam, thank you for getting in touch & your interest in baobabs. Leaving it between the tissue for 5 days is too long. I will check in a week and see the change. During the first three months they invest a lot of energy to I like the site…lots of interesting information here . Comment document.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "a380fa98dd940d303e6297885ae6cddc" );document.getElementById("b85e4be3a2").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Try to make sure that the tissue is not soaking wet. I soaked them for 8 hours, then drained wrapped them in a towel, and placed them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for a few weeks. I live in the UK but my room is always around 20°C, it gets to 23°C sometimes. All the best & greetings from Berlin Heike Pander. Are you planning to take the baobab inside? Generally: you can pour water into the pot but you have to be careful with the amount – to make sure you do not overwater: poke your finger into the soil. All the best for you and your little trees, Heike. I tried opening the seeds which worked for 3 out of 5 the others i broke a part of the white soft inside will the seed still be able to sprout? If it looks healthy you could leave it. I wait for next spring. Therefore I do not try to germinate seeds at the moment. Once the sprouts poked out of the soil I removed the lid from the cup and gingerly removed the seed husks. Shall keep you posted. It is also reported that baobab seeds have very hard seed coats and germination rate is usually less than 20%. To mitigate this problem, an efficient protocol was developed for in vitro micropropagation via seed germination of Adansonia digitata. I buried mine a 1/2 inch in seedling soil. A few were ready almost as soon as they popped out of the soil. I have also started a small baobab project in Kenya. Mature and immature ... Baobab seeds have very hard The volume of water required varies with the size of the tree and is dependent on local climate. Only the sulphuric acid treated seeds had germination significantly higher than the control. However, moulds are a nuisance to my seedlings, do you have any idea on how I could handle that? Germinating baobab seeds: some say it is easy, others complain about the low seed germination rates. Sow them in sowing soil and keep the temperature between 25 and 30 degrees of Celsius. I will be much thank full to you. Sorry to hear that your baobab seeds did not germinate. Cover with a layer of approximately 2 centimeters of sand. Thank you for your positive comment – it is well appreciated! Thanks for this good idea! I am soaking some more at present. That hollow tends to fill with water that remains in the seed when removed from the water. Hooray! Mix it with sand (preferably coarse-grained river sand because it helps with drainage) . Good luck for your next attempt in growing baobabs & don’t give up! suggest that you keep it in a warm spot and if you can, allow a spot If your soil is rather regular soil mix 2 parts of that soil with 1 part rough river sand and place the seedlings as described earlier. I live in Tasmania and have recently acquired 34 Adansonia Grandidieri, with 12 Adansonia Gregorii on the way, will the same method work for these seeds? I got them home and tired to save the one but I think it’s gone now. But MV’s scientists found the best way to encourage germination of Perrier’s baobab seeds was giving them a hot bath in boiling water for precisely 16 seconds, which resulted in between 85 and 90% germination. Thanks, I have never used growth lamps with mine but you can give it a try. Most species have an elaborate net or lace-like structure that covers the upper-body, hence the common name. More studies should be done to find easier way of breaking seed dormancy of baobab. This can only really be appreciated when the insect is viewed under a low power microscope. All the best, Heike. We also show how to help the young plant out … When i were going to place it on the media, its so stinky. build their little taproot – it helps them to safe water and nutrients After that their growth “speed” reduces drastically. https://baobabstories.com/en/baobab-leaves-growing-in-spring/, https://baobabstories.com/en/watering-baobabs-how-to-do-it-properly/. I grew a baobab a few years ago, from a twig bought in Dakar. Your email address will not be published. What is another good alternative? I get nearly 100% germination success with digitata and gregorii…I define germination as obvious root growth for reasons I’ll discuss below. *. When I got back one of the two plants leaves had fallen and the plant was turning yellow and brown. I am from India where Baobabs grow in Bhopal. Baobab – grow your own from seeds from Heike Pander on Vimeo.. Alternatively, normal seed substrate could be used as well. Best regards, Heike. Thank you! The larvae attack the roots and can cause damage. Dear Bob, sorry for my late response – I travelled in the land of the baobabs. After all, They do not thrive in temperatures below 12° C. All the best, Heike, I live in Exmouth Western Australia. many thanks, Nashon Wuon Hawi gi Teko. Tips & Tricks of how to make them grow are easily available – especially on the Internet. Also did you use hot water on the tissue or where did you keep it warm? Baobab Germination - the Angle Grinder Method: Baobab (Adansonia sp.) I hope that this helps you. Baobab: Family: Bombacaceae: Genus: No: Species: Adansonia digitata: Cultivar: No: Therapeutic uses: No: Germination: Easily grown from seed. month old trees on your website without sand covering the cactus soil. Replanting is best done after three months when they have grown a little tap root and can survive the procedure easier. describe sounds promising and I think your little baobab will start It seems the few seeds I have are all rotting very quickly on the wet tissue paper and never come up once they are planted. Thank you & all the best. Boab fruit pods can be kept for a long time if the shell is intact and they are stored in a dry place. Placed on a warm windowsill I sat back and waited. The puzzle was solved. Recently, the edges of the leaves have started drying and I am much worried about this three trees planted in different pots. Thank you so much! If you’d like to watch how to plant them, visit my video from Minute 4:14 (as your baobab seeds have sucessfully germinated). Hi Thomas, Congratulations to successfully growing baobabs from seeds! Good luck with your treasures & all the best. And that you make sure that they get the right amount of water – not too much and if you place them in the sun enough water that they do not dry out too quick… Hope that helps & all the best to you and your baobab-project! I then removed them from the refrigerator and planted them in moist soil, with a lid on the plastic cup. The method I describe in the video is the one that has by far the highest success rate with respect to germination for me. Particularly during the first 3 months they are prone to root rot. I am meeting a friend’s son this week who has qualified in geology and he is keen on growing baobabs as he has germinated many indigenous seeds already, we will get together this week , hope you are well and I’ll let you know of my progress, this is the first time I found this particular site of yours, Bi Bob, Hi Bob, thanks for getting back to me. 20 x Bonus Mystery Seeds (Worth $7) How to plant ? To germinate they like to have temperatures around 20°C and more. Johann.Strauss, Hello Johann, thank you for your comment! The highest germination was observed from sulphuric acid treatment baobab seeds for tree number one (70%) on the twenty-third day after treatment. Hope that helps. repotting can mean stress to the little tree and it may be that it needs The pot is on the window sill, by the heater. A gardener in Namibia nipped a piece off a seed with pruning shears. Your email address will not be published. Dormancy in seeds of Adansonia digitata (L.) can be attributed partly to the testa and partly to the pulp. early. Hello Sunilkumar, thank you very much for your comment & congratulations for growing baobabs from seeds successfully. Hi Heike scarification on freshly-collected baobab seeds negatively affected the germination rate of baobab seeds sampled in the Guinean and Sudano-Guinean zones of Benin. I then removed them from the refrigerator and planted them in moist soil, with a lid on the plastic cup. It is worth noting that the husks removed easily from those that had well-developed leaves trying to burst free. Is this normal or is there anything I can do? I potted them and covered them with sand today. They seem to start to sprout but then get mushy. You can cut them back at any height. . I soak the seeds in water for 1 night after crack it a little. The problem is that I did not realise that the seeds should have been planted into a cactus compost mixed with sand. If I put the seed back into a dry environment, it shrinks again. At the same time I’m happy it’s still alive, but I’d like it to keep on growing. Hello Heike, Hello Storme, thank you so much for your positive comment – you made my day as I read it early today. Baobab – grow your own from seeds from Heike Pander on Vimeo. All the best during these challenging times & kind regards, Heike. My boaobob is 2 months old today. By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website. Best regards, Heike, Hi Heike, I’m surprised at the speed the Baobab grows. First of all, immerse the seeds in hot water for 2-6 hours. I do not know how many branches your trees have and the size does not seem to be too high either. 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. I wonder if the others will follow? 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