The Baobab can't stand temperatures below zero; they should be grown in cold green houses or at least in a place where they are sheltered by the wind; when every risk of late freezings has gone by we can place them outside or remove the protections. We can grow a large part of the succulent plants in a cold climate; some species can endure temperatures below 5įC, but only if the soil stays completely dry.The Baobab should be grown in a bright place, with direct sunlight.
The Baobab develops in an erect manner and, as the years go by, becomes a tree. The Baobab is large in size and 22 m in height; in the summer it assumes a greenwhite colouring. These plants aren't evergreens, which means they lose their leaves some months during the year. These plants have an erect development; in the lower part they usually show a bare stem, while towards the top they widen to form the crown.
In the spring letís fertilize our succulent plants periodically, adding, every 15-20 days, a specific fertilizer. Fertilizers fur succulent plants must be rich in potassium, but poor in nitrogen, to avoid the plants from developing excess vegetation, which is easily attacked by fungal diseases.
Water rarely, about once every 4-5 weeks with 1-2 glasses of water , keeping the soil dry for a few days before watering again; when wetting we suggest avoiding surpluses, however to wet the soil deep down. These plants are very resistant to droughts; letís avoid watering excessively; during the winter months we can avoid watering the plants located where thereís a cold climate.
Generally during this time of year we suggest a pre-emptive treatment with wide range insecticide and with a systemic fungicide, to prevent the attack from part of the aphids and the development of fungus diseases, often favoured by a mild and damp climate.
Letís prefer soft and incoherent, with elevated drainage soils.
Notes - Baobab
When wanted we can grow these plants in a vase. The indications given in this article are related to a medium size plant.