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Post  baobabbonsai on Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:26 am

Hello,i have two madagascar baobabs right now they are dormant i know that if you water them when they are dormant they might die.There is green buds that haven't turned into leafs yet do they leaf out in late spring or does anyone have any idea how to break dormantci sorry cant think how to spell that right right now.I cut a tiny amount of the branch and its deep green so its still alive but idk...please help

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Re: baobab help

Post  Poink88 on Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:34 am

Through Google..

http://www.ehow.com/how_8079562_care-baobab-bonsai.html
http://www.caringforbonsaitrees.com/baobab-bonsai.shtml

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Post  Russell Coker on Wed Feb 22, 2012 2:12 am

Poink88 wrote:Through Google..

http://www.ehow.com/how_8079562_care-baobab-bonsai.html
http://www.caringforbonsaitrees.com/baobab-bonsai.shtml


Why not type "baobab" into the search bar and look on this forum?????

This was just a couple of weeks ago...

http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t9144-baobab-early-growth?highlight=baobab

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Post  ogie on Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:55 am

Hi i have some in my garden that doesn't move or gives out leaf or bud for months,STILL HERE!! dont water maybe once every two wks or even more,the body can hold water and be dry fir a lenghty period,im from the tropic and more so in yoyr area you can be safe if even its a bit longer than what i practice,for as long as your caudex is firm nothing to worry. Over water kills them more than anything else.
I feature once in bonsai thread "can it be bonsai???" chk it out and see how you analise it
Regards,
Alex


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Post  Andre Beaurain on Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:17 am

If the buds appear , then you can start watering. No green, no water ever!!! Remember baobabs are actually succulents!

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Post  Andre Beaurain on Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:33 am

Poink88 wrote:Through Google..

http://www.ehow.com/how_8079562_care-baobab-bonsai.html
http://www.caringforbonsaitrees.com/baobab-bonsai.shtml

I dont agree with the fertilizing bit, baobabs love fetilizer, and respond very well. Also I'll eat my hat if they flower as bonsai. I've got a Adansonia digitata that was grown from seed (1969) , it has never flowered, in fact it is not even an Adult yet. (the single leave change to a five foliate palmate leave in adults)(Thats why the local tribes believe that an Baobab takes over the soul of another tree, cause one day it just looks different)

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Post  marcus watts on Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:52 am

Andre Beaurain wrote: Poink88 wrote:Through Google..

http://www.ehow.com/how_8079562_care-baobab-bonsai.html
http://www.caringforbonsaitrees.com/baobab-bonsai.shtml

I dont agree with the fertilizing bit, baobabs love fetilizer, and respond very well. Also I'll eat my hat if they flower as bonsai. I've got a Adansonia digitata that was grown from seed (1969) , it has never flowered, in fact it is not even an Adult yet. (the single leave change to a five foliate palmate leave in adults)(Thats why the local tribes believe that an Baobab takes over the soul of another tree, cause one day it just looks different)

Hi,
Thats the problem poinkk of just trying to use google or wikepedia etc to try and help answer a persons bonsai questions for them. I think anyone can sit at home and use the ordinary internet sites but they come here for advice based on real bonsai experience, from real people, with real trees - thats why it is the very best bonsai forum I've seen.

How easily collected are baobob trees, can they be bare rooted ? i found some great 1-3 ft trees when we were in Gambia and we're going back this year.....and i will have a surf board and nice long travel case - a baobob will look like a tribal scultpture Very Happy Very Happy ............we will be there in Dec.

cheers Marcus

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Post  Robert Steven on Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:28 am

See what Bernie, a good friend of mine in Namibia, says about Baobab bonsai once :

The baobab is very succulent like, stores a lot of water in trunk & branches. In Africa, where they are native, we let them rest during winter with no water.

Some growers remove them from the dish and soil. Roots may be pruned severely before repotting as they tend to become very thick and ugly during the growing season. If this is done, seal all cuts with flowers of sulphur and let it dry out for a week or so before planting.

Cuts treated with the above may also be burnt with a flame so that the flowers of sulphur hardens for better protection against rot.

Once planted, only start watering as the first buds appear and water very sparingly as they rot easily. Because of this use a very loose soil mix with good drainage, also keep the mix lean with little compost as the compost retains too much water and enhances rot. A coarse grit works well.

Baobab in their native environment, mostly grow in dry sandy areas. Also very slow growers.

Many other species like figs can be used to imitate the baobab style or form.

If humidity is high where you grow them, water only once a week or ten days.

When overwatered, leaves will turn yellow and fall off or will dry and shrivel on the tips.

Yellow leave falling off is also an indication of rot occurring.



I hope this will help.



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