How to germinate Tamerind seed

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  1. Hendrik

    Hendrik Member

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    Hi All

    What is a Tamerind tree and how do i germinate the seed , the seed is still in the pods.
    # Must i let it dry first ?
    # Can the tree take some frost ?
    # What is it's botanical name ?

    Thank you !!!!!!!!!!
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Renowned Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I think once you correct your spelling, a search engine will help answer some of those questions: [GOOGLE]tamarind[/GOOGLE].
     
  3. Hendrik

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    Thank you, that was the spelling that I got with the seed !
     
  4. Weekend Gardener

    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    I have germinated tamarind seeds indoors, but they have difficulty growing on. Which is not surprising, as they are used to warm temperatures and plenty of sun - their natural habitats are the semiarid hot regions of Africa. Mature trees have been known to tolerate slight and brief periods of frost, and slight dips of the temperaute to -1 to -2 C.
     
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    Carol Ja Active Member 10 Years

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    They don't like frost, unless you have the hybrid variety, even then they can take -1 at the most, but for only short periods.
    Also I believe the hybrid variety has a sweeter fruit, but as with both types that I know of, you'll end up waiting 7-8 years before you see any fruits.
    This company carries the seed for the hybrid variety
    www.jungleseeds.co.uk
     
  6. bluetiger

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    I just started germinating my tamarind seeds today. I looked on many websites about growing them but if anyone can give me some good first hand information from experience I'd love it. I've read a lot of conflicting information regarding how much if any direct sunlight, watering, and frost tolerance.....so if anyone wants to share.....

    thanks
     
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    bluetiger, any chance you've got anything to share now that it's been more than a year? I am germinating some tamarind seeds I got from an ancient tree in the US Virgin Islands, and I'm having similar trouble finding useful information about caring for the seeds/seedling.
     
  8. Ginsu

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    I am trying to germinate Tamarind seeds as well, I have had no success yet. I know it takes a while for germination and I just started them about a week ago so I will be expecting some plants in the near future. Also, I think I should be keeping the soil at a higher temperature for germination, but I am not sure. I do know that the trees are absolutely amazing and can be made into really awesome bonsai plants.
     
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    The secret to germinate tamarind seed is to boil the seed in boiling water for 2 to 4 minutes. then place them in moist warm dirt
     
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