Someone once asked me why I plant baobab seeds as I will never have the privilege to to see them as bonsai. You see, a baobab is considered to be a seedling up until the age of 5 years. That is when they “grow” the fastest at around 500 – 800mm per year. A baobab is only considered to be an adult when it is 80 years or older. At 53, I do not have 80 years or so. So you see, why I have to cheat?
A few years ago, I experimented with a few baobabs by planting them in the garden in our soak pit. (For those of you who do not know what a soak pit is, it is a hole in the ground where your flushed toilet water runs into and a whole lot of nunus take over and do their job). Far more environmentally friendly than a sewerage farm. I think.
In any case, I tried various methods on 5 and left one as the “control”. I managed to grow one from 10mm circumference to 350mm in 3 years. It was blown over during a storm and I cut it up in 7 pieces. Two grew and one is evidence that you can grow a baobab from a cutting. Baobabs have ONE enemy and that is water. It will die if it gets too much. I find that after 2 years, the baobabs are very hardy and I water them every day. The ones in tubs are not really getting bigger, so today, I planted a whole lot of 1 year old seedlings in the soak pit again. And I am going to forget about them. Here’s to hoping getting the same results and not to fiddle until they get blown over again.