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Author:  lukehr [ 29 Apr 2020, 07:20 ]
Post subject:  Baobab woes

Hi all, I was wondering if anyone else on here has baobabs or any experience with them? I've been growing one for 9 years now (adansonia grandidieri from seed) and although I'm aware I've signed up for the long haul with this one, I don't seem to be able to get any real growth going on. I've always treated it like my other succulents - it receives little to no water during its dormant months and then I tend to water it sparingly over spring/summer with a liquid feed each watering giving it as much sunlight as I possibly can. I'm thinking of watering more often this year and perhaps adding a solid fertiliser too. Any thoughts? This photo shows its current state:
https://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u4 ... cusmfq.jpg
The trunk is about 10mm diameter! I posted a picture on here 4 years ago and it has barley changed since.

Author:  keithmart [ 29 Apr 2020, 08:11 ]
Post subject:  Re: Baobab woes

Hi

First I have never grown one of these, but on normal principles I would put it in a larger pot to enable more root growth.

I looked it up andfound this article that may help:-

https://balconygardenweb.com/how-to-gro ... ut-baobab/

Where did you get your seeds from?

Author:  lukehr [ 29 Apr 2020, 15:28 ]
Post subject:  Re: Baobab woes

Thanks, that article is useful. I think I'm slightly late for a repotting this year as it has just started to leaf, I am intending to next spring though. I did have a poke around in the soil a few weeks ago out of curiosity and there do seem to be some good roots developing, in previous years this hasn't been the case so there must be something going on.

Author:  Betula [ 30 Apr 2020, 15:17 ]
Post subject:  Re: Baobab woes

Its already in a massive pot so I wouldnt have thought it needed repotting yet unless the soil is really stale or waterlogging is a problem.
As its a tropical drought tolerant species I presume you're keeping it warm enough, particularly in winter? Needs keeping in a warm sunny location.

Author:  bluesky [ 30 Apr 2020, 20:54 ]
Post subject:  Re: Baobab woes

Baobobs evolved near the equator, they get 10 to 12 hours of sunlight a day all year round.
So try giving it as much direct sunlight as possible, and maybe worth getting grow lights for the darker days of the year?

Author:  lukehr [ 01 May 2020, 14:17 ]
Post subject:  Re: Baobab woes

Thanks for the replies. I over-winter it in a warm cupboard indoors for about 5-6 months of the year and it only goes outside in dry hot weather during the growing season, the rest of the time it is positioned on a south facing window sill. I had thought about grow lights and maybe trying to replicate its natural light cycle but couldn't find any info of anyone else trying this and so have been a bit reluctant. Perhaps I should give the grow lights idea another thought?

Author:  Brendan [ 04 May 2020, 09:23 ]
Post subject:  Re: Baobab woes

I think you need to keep it outside in the sun for longer than you are. You can put a rain cover over it to keep it dry. Ideally a glass or clear plastic cover that is angled so it keeps the rain off but let's the sun in.

Then leave it outdoors for as long as the outside lowest temp is above say 6 degrees C. The light is more important than the heat. Windowsills just don't allow enough light in. Plenty of posts about how light inside the window is a fraction of that outside despite the room seeming bright.

Author:  darreng [ 04 May 2020, 10:20 ]
Post subject:  Re: Baobab woes

Also, don't prune it - let it accumulate foliage

Author:  lukehr [ 05 May 2020, 09:53 ]
Post subject:  Re: Baobab woes

Brendan wrote:
I think you need to keep it outside in the sun for longer than you are. You can put a rain cover over it to keep it dry. Ideally a glass or clear plastic cover that is angled so it keeps the rain off but let's the sun in.

Then leave it outdoors for as long as the outside lowest temp is above say 6 degrees C. The light is more important than the heat. Windowsills just don't allow enough light in. Plenty of posts about how light inside the window is a fraction of that outside despite the room seeming bright.


Thanks Brendan, will give this a go. I admit I have always been very cautious about temperature but wasn't aware about how being on the window sill affected the incoming light so much. So far as pruning goes, Ive never been brave enough. I've always let it grow as much as it can in the little time it does to each year.

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