I sow tamaring seed and after wait of a month, it germinate. Actually i sow it to make it bonsai. It is my first try.
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Now it is just 5 inch long. I know i have to wait for 2to3 years. I need your advice. What should i do now ? Should i re pot it to a big pot or small pot is ok ? What type of fertilizer should i use for tamarind ? Actually i use sand and soil mix , 1:1, as seed starter mix. When it germinate i use vermicompost. How to care it ? Any other special thing about it.
Please direct me , and tell me freely if i did sumthng wrong.
Each opinion is valuable.
You will have to transplant it soon to a bigger pot atleast 12 inches deep. You need to let the seedling grow into a plant and then a tree.
You will not be able to make it into a bonsai until its stem/trunk will atleast be a inch in diameter.
This will take you years but then thats the beauty of it. If you want to to rush things up – go to your local nursery, get a healthy sapling that already looks like a tree, prune the roots and the branches the way you desire and that way you will be ahead and you would have saved a few years.
May 1, 2010
November 23, 2011
thanks for the response and help.
i am going to transplant it in next 2 days, please suggest what potting mix should be better for tamarind.
i know it takes years, but it provide more satisfaction to watch growing a tree from seed. is not it ?
Let your small seedling grow in a fertile soil with fast water drainage most important. Try not to repot tooo often.
My opinion is to repot only if the plant roots has grown out of the bottom hole.
Maybe, you could show us a photo of your plant.
I grew up in Puerto Rico where tamarinds grow wild and have used the fruit in many different ways, the most delightful is packed in shelled and packed in sugar. I moved to Pennsylvania years ago and by coincidence found this wonderful fruit in the local supermarket. After eating I soaked the seeds in warm water for a few days and planted them in rectangular planter with artificial light. With full winter temperatures and snow outside I didn't expect much but to my surprise this little planter grew up to be a mini jungle of tamarinds plants. I know I cannot plant them outside so I have decided to learn how to make bonsai. I know it takes many years and at 77 years of age I will not see them, but it would be enjoyable nevertheless. This week I plan to repot the big ones. Once in a while I will take a leaf and chew it and I can taste the tamarind. This is really exciting to me. I also like to plant potatoes, and herbs for my cooking.