Adansonia grandidieri: Grow and Care

Adansonia Grandidieri is an amazing tree that belongs to the Malvaceae family. 

This tree is the largest species of the Adansonia, which reaches up to 40 meters in height in Madagascar, although they generally measure between 25 and 30 meters in height.

Adansonia grandidieri is of savanna origin and can be found mainly in the Menabe region, south of Madagascar.

During the months of May and October these trees have palmate green leaves with 5 to 9 blue almost oval leaflets covered by a dense fiber as if it were fluff.

The flowers grow in the months of May to August, which are yellowish-white, and are full of intense aromas. 

These flowers open after sunset.

Also, the flowers attract megachiroptera bats and lemurs.

The fruits are oval and covered by a reddish coating. 

These fruits contain properties rich in vitamin C.

Currently, the Adansonia grandidieri is in danger of extinction due to the great deforestation that exists due to severe droughts and trees’ felling for construction and manufacturing of objects with wood or road construction.

Both humans and animals can consume its fruits.

The seeds have omega 3 properties and are used to

make dressings and cook food.

Its bark is used to make ropes.

In some cultures, these trees are used as objects of worship because they think they house ancestor spirits.

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Adansonia Grandidieri Care

Follow these steps, and you won’t have any issue with the care of your succulent plant.

Illumination

This is a tree that can be placed in direct sunlight. If the plant is in a pot, it is ideal that you protect it from direct sunlight. 

Substratum

This tree grows well in calcareous, alkaline or neutral soils, but the ingredients that make up the substrate must be of good quality to grow much better.

Just always remember that the substrate must have excellent drainage and that it also dries quickly to prevent the roots from having excess moisture and fungi from forming on it.

Propagation

You can propagate your Adansonia Grandidieri through cuttings or seeds.

Propagation by seed:

1. Soak the seeds in hot water for 24 hours.

2. Make a seedbed or pot with 50% universal substrate and 50% mulch.

3. After 24 hours, sow the seeds and cover them with a light layer of soil.

4. Keep the substrate slightly damp, avoiding puddles of water.

5.Place the seeds where they receive the heat of the sun but not in direct sun. Try to keep the temperature between 15ºC to 19ºC; it can never be lower than 10ºC.

6. When the plant measures about 7.5 cm you can transplant it to its final pot or sow it directly in the garden. At this point, you can water the plant like an adult tree

Propagation by cutting:

Cut off a branch with a few leaves and soak the tip with a rooter.

Plant the cutting in a well-draining substrate. Just insert half the branch.

Keep the growing medium slightly damp, and occasionally add a small amount of the rooter after you’ve watered the plant.

Transplant your Adansonia Grandidieri when it no longer fits in the pot.

Watering

Adansonia gibbosa requires moderate watering. 

Only water your plant when the soil is dry, to avoid rot.

During the summer you’ll be able to water two to three times per week and in winter not over twice a month. 

Pests or diseases

This Tree has a high probability of suffering from pests and external infections, especially if you do not have the necessary care.

That is why it i s necessary to have a good substrate and water the plant properly.

Fertilization

The fertilizer must be low in phosphates. 

Add only during spring and summer.

Temperature

The Adansonia Grandidieri does not tolerate freezing temperatures. 

If you want to have it outside, the best thing is that the temperatures are not lower than -1 ºC.

Transplant

The transplant is only required if you have the plant planted in a pot, if you have it directly in the garden, you do not have to transplant them.

The time to transplant your Adansonia gibbosa is when you notice that your plant no longer has room to continue growing in the pot, especially if the roots are sticking out of the drainage hole.

Pruning

It does not need to be pruned, especially because its leaves fall off.

What you can do is remove the leaves and flowers that are already wilted to prevent pests from attacking the plant.

Toxicity

This plant is not toxic.