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Spring has arrived?

Post  Hank Miller on Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:07 pm

In spite of the sub-freezing temperatures and snow my baobab has decided that spring has arrived.Buds have begun to form and I have begun to give the tree some water. Last year, I began cutting it back. As I was interested in rooting some cuttings I let the tree grow out.



I have finally decided to work on the tree and to try to make it more compact. I also have gotten the cuttings I wanted. Enjoy. Hank


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Post  lennard on Sat Mar 16, 2013 5:47 pm

Hank, your Baobab is looking good.

Could you please tell me what your minimum and maximum temperatures are now where you keep the trees?

Our Baobab is starting to shut down here in South Africa but no yellowing of the leaves yet.

I have tried a few times to grow them from cuttings or do grafts but no success yet. Have you succeeded before in growing them from cuttings?

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Re: Spring has arrived?

Post  Hank Miller on Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:50 am

Lennard, It is a little colder here than in Rustenburg in the winter. For the last few weeks the temperatures have been in the 20's (Fahrenheit) and it in mid summer occasionally the highs are in the 90's. However, even now the days about as long as in your area and in mid summer there is about 16 hours of daylight. This is what I think the baobabs like. I have rooted cuttings from last year. The trick is to make sure the cuts are sealed (let them dry out) and do not over water. Regards Hank

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Post  lennard on Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:37 pm

Thanks for the info. When I tried I did not let the wounds dry out. Will try again next summer.

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Re: Spring has arrived?

Post  gman on Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:15 pm

Hi Hank,
Re: your cuttings - (I have a chance to try this year) What time of year did you take your cuttings?  Have you or anyone else tried air layering?
cheers
Graham


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Re: Spring has arrived?

Post  Andre Beaurain on Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:46 am

Hank your tree is going to be great one!

I've airlayered a Baobab before. It does grow roots...but as you know the bark also grows back after you removed it, so its a race between the bark and roots. You'll end up with very short roots on the new bark.
Cuttings needs to have budds on when removed, and dried for at least 72 hours, I dust them with dusting sulfur aswell.

Love and light

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Re: Spring has arrived?

Post  Jerry Meislik on Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:37 pm

Hank,
Nice work on the baobob.
Jerry

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Post  Hank Miller on Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:20 am

Another spring has arrived and I have just re-potted my baobab.  I have also rewired and done some work on the crown. This year, if it ever warms up, I hope that  the ramification will improve. Enjoy. Hank



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Spring Has Arrived?

Post  bonsaisr on Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:37 pm

Send it over here please.
Iris

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Post  lennard on Mon Mar 17, 2014 5:52 pm

Hank Miller wrote:Another spring has arrived and I have just re-potted my baobab.  I have also rewired and done some work on the crown. This year, if it ever warms up, I hope that  the ramification will improve.

Looking good, Hank!

Well done.

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Post  abcd on Mon Mar 17, 2014 6:03 pm

Hello, if you let all the symetrical branches , in the future, you will have an inverse conicity on the trunk

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Post  yonatansyo on Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:11 pm

very nice tree you have there! and he shows a great growth

how old is he?
mine is about 1.6 and is realy just a stick

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Re: Spring has arrived?

Post  Hank Miller on Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:30 am

Thanks for the kind words. I have had the baobab for about 5 years. It usually takes about 5-7 years before the the trunks begin to thicken up. I would guess that the baobab is about
10-15 years old.  If you look closely at the first couple of photographs you will see that I have  avoided symmetrical branches.  I prefer the tree a bit fuller but thanks for the virtual.  
Regards Hank.   .

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Re: Spring has arrived?

Post  yonatansyo on Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:45 am

he's a real beauty!
i hope mine will look like that some day  Very Happy 

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