Did you know? The baobab takes one of his names, ‘Upside-down tree’ because its sparse branches resemble roots, and the name ‘dead-rat tree’ comes from the shape of the fruit.
Common name : Baobab
Scientific name : Adansonia digitata
Family : Bombacaceae, Malvaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Adansonia digitata - the baobab - is the most widespread species of the genus Adansonia, native to the African continent and typically found in dry, hot savannahs of sub-Saharan Africa, where they reveal the presence of a watercourse.
It is known both for its height and trunk's girth, as it grows to between 5–30 m (16–100 ft) in height. Of course, it usually stays under 50 cm (1.6 ft) if grown in a pot as a houseplant.
The trunk is bottle-shaped, with the span of the roots usually exceeding the tree's height, a factor that actually enables it to survive in a very dry climate.
Sowing & planting
15 - 45
6 - 8
Plant my baobab
Plant between October and the end of March but not during frost periods. Check that the desired location meets the requirements described in the description, and avoid working in soggy soil. Dig a hole two to three times as wide as the root ball of your tree. Handle the root ball carefully to keep it intact while you place it in the hole. Put your shrub to the correct height, adding a stake, and replace the soil, respecting the order of the layers of possible - bottom layer to top. Tamp regularly. After planting, pour two watering cans at the bottom, then place a good layer of mulch.
Water my baobab
Water often in the first weeks. Water potted plants at least once a week, as soon as the top soil dries. Ultimately, if it does not rain for a month, consider watering.
Unprop my baobab
Your tree should be well rooted after two years, so remove the stake now that it is not needed anymore.