|Baobab Tree Bonsai|
Baobab Tree (Adansonia digitata)
Baobab is a popular tree for bonsai. We tried a couple of seedlings, but rain drowned them and no length of drying time resolved the issue. They must have rotted.
Baobab trees are succulents, and need to be treated as such.
The recipe for 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.
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.
|Baobab Tree Fruit|
interior is powdery and white. The pulp is reported to melt in the mouth with a unique and pleasant flavor.
Let's Get Growin
SUN: Full Sun.
WATER: Water when dry, do not water during dormancy.
SOIL PH: 4.5-9.0
FERTILIZER: Fertilize trees using a balanced fertilizer diluted to half strength. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of water-soluble 20-20-20 fertilizer into 1 gallon of water. Sprinkle the fertilizer over the soil of the bonsai once every month or two.
November 22, 2017 - Rain Drowned The Last Two, Seeds On Order.
|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'|
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.
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.
|Adult Baobab Leaves|
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
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.