Baobab Tree

Baobab Tree, Full Size

Baobab Tree (Adansonia digitata)

Baobab is a popular tree for bonsai.  I ended up purchasing a couple of seedlings and now am at a loss of what to do with them.

I guess we need to find some pots and then make some soil;  3 parts of compost, 2 parts of sand in 1 part soil.  We have some nice black aquarium sand that would look pretty awesome and make for a really dark backdrop for a light colored tree.

Baobab Tree, 'Oogie'

2016-10-19 - Early Defoliation

I have no idea what would have almost completely defoliated one of these trees, but I guess the future has been laid out for one to be stumpy. This one will be Oogie from here on out.  There should be no issue telling them apart any more.  Although disappointing... REALLY disappointing...  its a done deal.

Baobab Tree, 'Boogie'
Boogie, which wasn't touched, is looking great and putting on many

There is no discernible difference between these two so I don't understand why one was totally chomped and the other was not.  These have been relocated to a different area in order to prevent continued binging on the bonsai.
Baobab Seedling

2016-10-01 - Well Adjusted

I was a little worried about the trees.  I transplanted them into new pots using a mix of some Black Tahitian Moon aquarium sand, mulch and potting soil.  They seemed a bit limp from the transition, but they have stiffened up and look pretty good as of today.

Baobab Seedling
We have some new leaf growth as well, which is promising.  When the leaves start to yellow and fall off, it will be time to stop watering these guys and bring them inside.  This will be a great benefit of the bonsai during winter months. As they fatten up they can provide an architectural interest as a no maintenance decor.

Adult Baobab Leaves
During the warmer months, when the leaves start sprouting again, the trees can be wheeled outside.  At some point the trees will start developing leaves that are not simple like the seedlings have right now.

The adult tree leaves are five lobed at the tip of the stems unlike the single leaves shown on the seedlings so far.

2016-09-16 - Arrival Day
Baobab seedlings

The little seedlings arrived today. Hard to imagine how they can start out like a skinny little twig and bloat up with an enormous trunk.  I think these two will be named Oogie and Boogie.

I know absolutely nothing about these. They are categorized as very slow growing succulents.  Seedlings should be transplanted  only after water-storing bulbs have been developed and when they are leafless. The tree prefers well-drained soils and is sensitive to too much water and cold weather.

Blooming and Fruiting

Some day the tree may produce heavy white flowers that are pollinated by bats (or by hand). After pollinating, a fruit resembling a gourd may be produced when the tree is about 200 years old, or obtains a certain height.

Like a gourd, the outer fruit shell is a bit tough, but the interior is powdery and white. The pulp is reported to melt in the mouth with a unique and pleasant flavor.