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Tamarind Bonsai
Diary of Tamarind Bonsai

We ordered two types of tamarind trees; the tamarindus indica (Tamarind) and pithecellobium dulce (Manila Tamarind). Both belong to the fabacae family (nitrogen fixing).  The Manila variety, however, is more closely related to our Texas ebony sharing the same subgroup Pithecellobium, which means ape or monkey due to the curly nature of the seed pods.

The difference between the two is the rate of growth (manila grows faster) and the flowers.  Along with sharing the same subfamily with the Texas Ebony, the Manila tamarind also grows similar
Manila Tamarind Flowers

Because the manila tamarind grows quickly and looks very similar to the Texas Ebony and can take full sun, it will probably not be a bonsai but will be a full size tree to shade our dog run.

The 'regular' tamarind will most likely become the bonsai nominee, as it is quite popular as a bonsai subject due to the small leaves.

Lets Get Growin

SUN: Full sun
WATER: Water When Dry
SOIL PH: 4.5-9.0
FERTILIZER: Fertilized young trees every 2 - 3 months with 1/4lb a 6-6-3 NPK or similar analysis fertilizer. Gradually increase to about 1/2 lb. Thereafter, young trees should receive 1/2 lb. per application, per year of tree age, 3 - 4 times a year. Bearing trees can be fertilized with 8-3-9 NPK or similar analysis, at rates of about 1/2 lb. per application per year of tree age. Microelements, particularly iron may be required for trees in alkaline soils.

November 8, 2017 1460 Days To Fresh Fruit

The seedlings arrived today!  They are just too cute.  For Dulce, I can see the resemblance to the Texas Ebony with the slight zig zag of the trunk/stem - these are supposed to be excellent subjects for bonsai, so perhaps some time in the future I'll try a cutting propagation for a bonsai tree. We will need one anway, if we end up moving because we can't just leave all our trees behind...

For Indica, the little leaves along the main stem are quite interesting.  I'm not sure why they are there, but they give a look of a zig zag when there isn't much of one.  These little guys will be set in the greenhouse for acclamation and just a spot to rest until I can get to potting them up this weekend.

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