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Question: Baobab to be transplanted
I have 2 baobabs in pots on the balcony and I would like to transplant them into the ground. There are 2 specimens of Adansonia Madagascarensis obtained by burying 5 seeds from Madagascar about 6 years ago. Currently the trees sleep about 2.5 meters high (I live in Bari 500 meters from the sea).
Now I want to transplant them and I wonder what is the best time to transfer them to my seaside villa (same weather conditions).
Can anyone give me any suggestions?
Answer: Baobab to be transplanted
the Baobabs are large trees originating from Africa (only one species has Australian origins), and in particular from Madagascar, of which they are also a national tree, given their diffusion in the great Pacific Island; even those who have never been to Africa know these trees well, due to the particular shape of their trunks, often hollow, which can reach 11 meters in diameter, obviously over several decades of development. In height the baobabs do not grow so conspicuously, even if they can reach 25-30 meters (as happens for most of the trees commonly found in the wild in our country). The fact that your saplings survive well even if in pot indicates that the climate they receive and the care they provide are ideal for their development, and therefore should not have problems once they are placed in the ground; but considers that pot growth is "bonsaizing" them, if you will forgive me the term; in the sense that the fact that the root system does not find all the space it desires for its development, is certainly also limiting the size of the trees, and I therefore ask you to take into account the fact that, once you have moved to full ground, your baobabs could definitely increase the average annual development. Usually when moving plants, and especially trees, with a wide root system, it is good to be very careful to avoid ruining the roots excessively and to try to move as much as possible; but your baobabs are in pots, which means that it may be very easy for you to move the plants together with their entire root system. So, as with plants that you buy in the nursery, which are sold practically every day of the year, even your baobabs can be married at any time, as long as you don't go badly to eat the earthen bread that encloses the roots; in addition to this, it is advisable to avoid a particularly hot and dry period, during which any plant is in a sort of vegetative rest. If you are worried about your baobabs and prefer to wait for the best time of the year, to avoid harming them in any way, I advise you to wait for the cool and quite rainy period that occurs between the end of the summer and the beginning of the autumn, so that the plants are already at home for some time until the arrival of winter cold and the following spring. I remind you that, before moving a plant, it is good to prepare the planting hole, even a week before, working the soil well, so that it can better accommodate your new plants.