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The Baobab – surviving under tough conditions

Baobab – is a great source of inspiration and provider of a “super fruit”. The trees scientific name reads Adansonia digitata. They belong to the family of Malvaceae. Baobabs can be found in Africa south of the Sahara in dry and hot savannah areas, botanical gardens around the globe and increasingly on window sills in Europe. If a Baobab collapses and/or is uprooted it can still survive and drive new shoots out of its stem or branches.

Baobabs are real survivalists – they are frugal creatures living in areas with meagre soils and little rainfall. Their ability to regenerate themselves is legendary. They can balance out damage of their bark and branches to a very high extent. If a Baobab collapses and/or is uprooted it can still survive and drive new shoots out of its stem or branches. The fruit of Baobabs contain highly valuable ingredients. They are well known for their high percentage of vitamin C. Nowadays the fruit contents spread out in food and beauty markets worldwide – called “super fruits” or “superfoods”.

This blog grows into a colorful mix of stories, myths, photographs, paintings, information, facts, care tips and more. I love travelling to baobab locations and usually I am up to something “baobab”. No matter if I travel or speak to people anywhere – most have some interesting story or facts to share about the giant trees.

I would love to host posts of guests about baobabs on this blog. If you are interested and feel that you would like to contribute, please contact me at or HERE.

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With best wishes
Heike Pander

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10 Replies to “The Baobab – surviving under tough conditions”

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    • Hello Yakoye,
      as far as baobab cuttings are concerned, one has to have a lot of patience and it does not always work.
      Please find information here:
      The best is to use cuttings which still carry leaves, place them in a container with water and a little bit of sand covering the ground and wait. It may take months for the cuttings to sprout new roots.
      Good luck & all the best,

  2. Hi All,
    I seeded one a year ago. It reached to nearly 30cm high then the leaves started falling. From different sources I read, I should not put any water to her in her winter sleep. But how will I know when she will wake up again? I don’t want to dry her out.
    Please help.

    • Dear Volkan,
      thank you for your question. It is very difficult to “diagnose” from far away. Generally it is quite normal that baobabs drop their leaves from time to time – particularly when they get into their “winter” phase, meaning the dry season in many countries. In the wild they usually store enough water to survive that phase. Since your baobab seems to be in a pot and is still quite young it will need watering but with reduced frequency. I keep my baobabs indoors in moderate temperatures during winter. To make sure I do not overwater I poke my finger into the soil to check. If it is dry I give them some water (no flooding – they do not like standing water). After approximately 10-14 days or earlier – depending on the conditions you keep your baobab – I poke my finger into the soil again to check and if it is dry I pour some water. In “spring” depending on where you are – your baobab grows new leaves: green dots show at the branches where the leaves come out. Hope this helps you. All the best for you and your baobab. Best regards, Heike

      • Dear Heike,
        Thank you for your reply. It’s been two weeks since she dropped the leaves. Yes, she is so young to survive as I thought. That’s why I worried. I gave a little water now as soon as I read your reply.
        With best!

  3. Hello,
    I have a home in Costa Rica and would like to try a baobab. Where is a trustworthy source to purchase seeds?
    Thank You

    • Hi Rusty, you could try to find a source via – you should get some hits if you look for “baobab seeds”. Another trustworthy source in Germany is – they sell baobab growth kits on their site. I hope this information helps you. Best regards, Heike

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