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General Category => Tropical Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Dan Douglas on February 26, 2015, 01:24 AM

Title: Baobab seedling in Colorado - keep in small pot?
Post by: Dan Douglas on February 26, 2015, 01:24 AM
so, I have a baobab seedling starting to sprout!

Should I keep that little guy in a small pot, or a deep pot for it's first few years?

I'm in Colorado, zone 5. I know it prefers zone 10+, so will keep indoors until warmest part of summer, and water little while indoors for winter months.

I'll add some sand to the bonsai soil I got locally.
Title: Re: Baobab seedling in Colorado - keep in small pot?
Post by: DorianJF on February 26, 2015, 06:58 AM
Hi Dan

Great start on the baobab.

Right now I do not think you have to worry about a deep pot.  Baobabs are incredibly slow growers so I think the small pot will work well.

I do not know how much you know about them but they tend to rot very easily if you overwater them.  Let the soil dry out between watering and make sure the soil is very free draining.

During the cold months there must be absolutely no watering.

My baobab is about 15 years old and as we are about to go into autumn I have had it wired and I will be doing the last watering about once a week for the next month or 2 and then I will stop totally.  The baobab will be placed into a dark area and just left as it is till spring.

Good luck and I will like to see how this progresses.
Title: Re: Baobab seedling in Colorado - keep in small pot?
Post by: Owen Reich on February 26, 2015, 09:38 AM
Be sure to cut the tap-root at some point in the first year or so; had a nice one (one of my first trees) and it developed a 4' long tap root inside the pot (kept wondering why tree was rising in pot.......).  Then the tap root rotted due to over-watering in dormant season.  It came out of the experience fine, but a heater failure later on melted it.

Have seen a few very nice ones in Florida grown under clear plastic year-round.  Adansonia grandidieri did not perform well for me and the compound leaves are pretty big.  Not saying it's not possible, but not as appealing to me as Adansonia digitata.
Title: Re: Baobab seedling in Colorado - keep in small pot?
Post by: Anthony on February 26, 2015, 11:51 AM
Ha ha, Dan,

I see you already met Andre and his Baobab.
You are in good hands.
Good Day
Anthony
Title: Re: Baobab seedling in Colorado - keep in small pot?
Post by: Sorce on February 28, 2015, 05:20 AM
Amen to that Anthony! 

Dan, That was it about the roots, no winter water.

Sorce
Title: Re: Baobab seedling in Colorado - keep in small pot?
Post by: Dan Douglas on March 09, 2015, 01:35 PM
It's coming alive, so cool...

(http://i38.servimg.com/u/f38/19/08/99/26/adonso12.jpg) (http://www.servimg.com/view/19089926/9)
Title: Re: Baobab seedling in Colorado - keep in small pot?
Post by: Dan Douglas on March 28, 2015, 07:11 PM
It's still going... picture from today.

(http://bonsainut.com/index.php?attachments/2015-03-28-09-13-03-jpg.70392/)
Title: Re: Baobab seedling in Colorado - keep in small pot?
Post by: Dan Douglas on August 19, 2016, 04:53 PM
well, I kept the sucker dry over the winter, and started to put the "stick" out in the summer. It slowly came back to life!

It suffered from a hail storm a week ago, keeping it inside for now. The nights are getting chilly here in Colorado.
Title: Re: Baobab seedling in Colorado - keep in small pot?
Post by: Leo in NE Illinois on August 23, 2016, 02:25 PM
You kept it alive more than 12 months, congratulations. Not many do.