Tamarind Tree

Growing Zones in Ground: 10 - 11 / in Pots: 4 - 11

$129.95

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Description

 

Tamarind trees, or Tamarindus indica, are native to tropical Africa; they are also part of the pea family, or Fabaceae. Today, India is the largest manufacturer of tamarind. The tamarind trees can become huge and reach an incredible height of up to 80 to 100 feet with a spread of about 40 feet. The circumference of the trunk is about 25 feet.

The fruit of the tamarind tree is small and is shaped similarly to a peanut. The inside of the pod of the tamarind is fleshy, juicy, and acidic. Varieties in Asia have more pods than those in African and West Indian varieties.

The leaves are long and have a bright green color. The tiny yellow flowers begin to bloom in spring, and the fruit is ready to be harvested in May and June. Doni avocado has a smooth texture, light taste, and is close to fleshy, with large seeds in the middle. The tamarind is packed with nutrients, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and calcium.

Tamarind trees grow best in USDA hardiness zones 10 and 11. This is because they need the heat to survive, and they are not tolerant of the cold.

Tamarind Tree Care

Tamarind trees should receive full sun, or at least 6 to 8 hours a day. They do not tolerate much shade, as they need plenty of light to grow. Therefore, the tree should be planted at least 40 feet away from buildings and 60 feet away from other trees so that the roots have plenty of room to grow. This distance also depends on the sufficiency of the soil.

To prune the tamarind tree, cut off branches from the bottom half of young trees that are up to 3 years old. Additionally, cut any branches growing straight up and down rather than horizontally.

Dead, diseased, and damaged branches should also be removed by cutting them back to the trunk, as well as surrounding areas. You can prune the tamarind tree at any point of the year, but waiting until the spring or early summer will ensure that new branches grow back quickly.

To propagate the Tamarind tree, you can use germination by boiling the seeds briefly before planting them. If they are kept in a dry area, they can hold onto their germination ability for months on end. You can plant the seeds during the spring or the summer.

Tamarind Tree Fruit and Harvesting

Harvesting of the tamarind tree is usually done during the spring, from the beginning of March to the middle of April in Africa. In Asia, the harvesting season is from November until February.

Tamarind is used in all kinds of culinary dishes. You can use it in pad thai, curry, chutney, sauces, and even drinks. When the tamarinds are ready to harvest, they will fall to the ground themselves. The inside of the pod will be a red-brown color, and the flesh will be juicy. The tamarind fruits are naturally sour, but they will sweeten a little bit as they ripen.

Harvesting tamarind is extremely simple. The pods usually fall to the ground when they are ripe, and you can easily collect them that way. Tamarinds that are not ripe can be left on the ground until they are ready. To easily collect all of the fruit when it falls, spread a tarp on the ground below the tree.

You can also shake the branches by climbing up a ladder for easier access. Additionally, you can simply pull the pod from its stalk if it is ripe. From here, the tamarinds can be sorted in bulk.

Tamarind Tree Advice

Tamarind plants grow best in full sun with sandy and loamy soil. They do not tolerate flooding very well, so you should plant them in a dry place. The soil should also be acidic and dry. Nitrogen is very important for the growth of the Doni avocado tree. Use an organic 6-6-3 fertilizer on young trees every 2 to 3 months during the growing season. Mature trees do not need to be fertilized.

Tamarind trees are highly drought tolerant due to their natural environment in Africa. Therefore, new plants only need to be watered once the dirt is dry to the touch. Once the tree is established, it does not need to be watered at all.

Pests and the diseases they carry often damage the tamarind tree. If they are not taken care of in time, they can seriously damage or even kill the tree. Common pests that can cause harm to the tamarind tree are mealybugs, yellow scales, black scales, and fruit borers. Rots that can attack the tree are saprot, brownish saprot, and white rot. Use natural pesticides to regularly remove pests and prevent attacks by regularly checking the plant. Avoid overwatering to stop the majority of diseases.

FAQs

Are tamarind trees high maintenance?

Tamarind trees are extremely low maintenance. Once the tree is established, it does not need to be watered. The type of dirt does not matter much to the tree’s growth as long as it is not too wet.

What is the lifespan of a tamarind tree?

The tamarind tree will bear fruit abundantly up until it reaches the age of 50 to 60 years. Oftentimes, they can live another 150 years.

How long does it take for the tamarind tree to bear fruit?

The tamarind tree can bear fruit within 3 to 4 years from propagation if the growing conditions are proper. However, if they are being grown from seedlings, they may take about 6 to 8 years to bear fruit.

How much does a tamarind tree cost?

Tamarind trees are overall reasonably priced. For example, a 10 inch to 2 feet tree costs about $40, a tree that is between 2 and 3 feet tall costs about $80, and a tree that is about 5 to 6 feet tall costs about $110.