Germinating and Growing

Common African Indigenous Trees

 

 

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Large Fever-berry

Croton megalobotrys
 

 

 

 

1/ Remove the ripe seeds from the fruit and plant in bags filled with a 1:1 mixture of river sand and compost and keep moist. The seeds should germinate after 3-4 weeks but this can be speeded up considerably if the seeds are first soaked in water overnight. The young plants can be transplanted into the open ground when they are +/- 100 mm tall. If planted in colder areas, young plants should be protected against cold wind for the first two years. This species can survive prolonged drought conditions. The growth rate is very fast and can be up to 1.5 m per year.

 

 

 

 

2/ Germination readily takes place under favourable conditions. Remove seeds from the exocarp (skin). Young trees grow exceptionally fast eg. 8 metres in 4 years. This tree is well adapted to grow in warm, low-lying areas. As it sheds its leaves only briefly, it is an excellent choice as a shade tree.

 

 

 

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