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Re: Watering a baobab tree

Post  JB80 on Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:11 pm

Awesome thread, excellent info and some great trees. Thanks all. Smile

I purchased 3 boabs a little while back, one a digiata and the other two are gregorii. It's a bit like playing Boab roulette at first, when they arrived it was hard to tell if the were stressed from dunking and transport or going dormant but as it was the right time of year and the leaves were yellowing I haven't watered them at all and am just waiting to see what the outcome is.

One gregorii I believe is lost as it got damaged a snapped very easy and the part that came off was very pulpy, it is still firm at the base but I think it is a goner. The other gregorii did lose all it's leave but still has what looks like a new green shoot beginning that never dropped. I'm reasonably certain it is dormant as it hasn't done a thing in months but we shall see.
The digiata seems OK too, still firm and flexible so I have hopes for that one too. Might try and find a cooler corner for them but I guess I wont know how they are until spring.
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Baobab doing well, but still not sure how to get it to go into dormancy

Post  2bealive on Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:38 am

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Bob (it has got a name) is doing well. I capitulated and sprayed with insecticide and fungicide (organic at least) and manage to get rid of the stuff attacking the leaves. Also removed all the leaves and moved it to a new spot outside. Less hours of sun each day, but being sheltered from our hectic South Easter wind storms.

He responded with huge growth, both leaves and branches and good colour. I had to up watering to twice a day, days are reaching up to 35 deg C sometimes now, and he is loving it. I have decided to let him grow out and go for a bigger Bonzai, will rethink the shape towards the end of somer.

All the literature I have however read, warned that they (Adansonia sp) can only deal with temperatures down to 12 deg C and will die if exposed below this, hence their geographical range are limited to the tropics and frost free "low-veld" in Africa. The Western Cape has a mediterranean climate, with winters occasionally dipping to the low single digits for a few days a year. We also have a long winter rainfall season.

I am not sure if this temperature sensitivity will be "outgrown" and if I can risk having it under the patio roof outside this winter? I am still hesitant to enforce dormancy by stopping watering while it still has foliage when I bring it indoors. Manage to nearly kill my acasia tree that way.






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Re: Watering a baobab tree

Post  JB80 on Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:44 am

So it looks like my survival rate over winter is down to one A. digiata, one A. gregorii and one A. rubrostipa.
They have been kept inside and now are starting to show a tiny bit of green pushing through but so far this spring has been quite cool and temps are still a ways off of 18°c at night.
Should I water them now and just keep them inside by a window or wait a bit longer?
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Start watering

Post  2bealive on Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:12 pm

From what I read you should start giving water now once it is budding.


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Stop watering

Post  2bealive on Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:18 pm

My situation is the opposite, going into winter now, having a few cold nights, but still well above 12 degrees and having a heat wave this week up to 30 deg.

I can however see that the tree is beginning to go into hibernation, yellowing of leaves started, but still new growth (hope it is not sick).

I am still watering, do I stop feeding or do I continue until I stop watering?

When do I stop watering?  


Worried that I killed one of my acacias trees last year because i stopped watering before it was completely dormant.

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Re: Watering a baobab tree

Post  JB80 on Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:05 pm

2bealive wrote:From what I read you should start giving water now once it is budding.


Yeah that is the plan I just expected to have them outside first, hopefully they will be OK in for another week or so and not get any moisture related problems.
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Re: Watering a baobab tree

Post  Plantfever on Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:27 pm

I would like to know why the leaves get bent and a little twisted and saggy.... this must be because of something?
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Just not hibernating

Post  2bealive on Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:47 am

OK, giving up with this tree, it is refusing to hibernate. It is one month away from the end of winter, I have not watered it for nearly six weeks now and it is still sprouting new leaves!

Do I start watering again? Need to repot this year, do I do it first, now or wait another month?



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Re: Watering a baobab tree

Post  Andre Beaurain on Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:38 pm

Plantfever wrote:I would like to know why the leaves get bent and a little twisted and saggy.... this must be because of something?
Thanks.

Pictures will help. there are many insects and deceases that causes that. Red spider mite for one, which is very very common with plants indoors.


Plantfever , why did you move it indoors for the winter? I'm also in the Cape and all my Baobabs has been sleeping.

My guess is that bringing it indoors you controlled the temperatures. It's still thinking it is in a very long summer, its soil temperature didn't cool down.

One shouldn't transplant baobabs when in leaf. You are taking a very big risk.

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Re: Watering a baobab tree

Post  kevin stoeveken on Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:36 pm

ANDRE !!!!!!

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ???

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Re: Watering a baobab tree

Post  2bealive on Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:19 pm

Andre Beaurain wrote:

Plantfever , why did you move it indoors for the winter?  I'm also in the Cape and all my Baobabs has been sleeping.

My guess is that bringing it indoors you controlled the temperatures.  It's still thinking it is in a very long summer, its soil temperature didn't cool down.

One shouldn't transplant baobabs when in leaf.  You are taking a very big risk.

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Read everywhere that they die if they are exposed to temperatures under 12 deg? I stay on the Atlantic seaboard side and winter temperatures here often falls below 10deg.

What do I do now, start watering again? Leave it in its pot for another year and fertilise?

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Re: Watering a baobab tree

Post  Andre Beaurain on Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:51 pm

Howzit Kevin! Will reveal it all soon, when its done. Still owe you an parcel. Shocked affraid

Plantfever, We measured 0 degrees here one morning, I saw frost on the lawn for the first time, and a couple of mornings this winter at 4 degrees. Although the Baobabs are standing under an fiber glass roof of the Aridarium, they still get the outside temperatures. Short bursts of cold will not harm them.

I'm not sure what you must do now, besides not transplanting it. But next March, STOP WATERING. Exclamation

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