Tamarind Bonsai which is also known as Tamarindus indica is native to tropical Africa. Tamarind Bonsai tree actually needs bright sunlight and it also grows well in almost all types of soil. Tamarind Bonsai tree is commonly found in African as well as South Asian countries. The tree is actually cultivated for shade, food and medicines. In addition, the pulp extracted from the mature pods adds flavor to cuisines. The following are the steps on how to grow tamarind bonsai from seed;
Step one: The mature Tamarind Bonsai seeds as well as the stem cuttings are used for propagation. You can use the former method, which is better for a faster development of the Tamarind Bonsai plant. Before sowing the seeds, soak the well dried Tamarind Bonsai seeds in warm water overnight. Usually, the softening of the seed coats really helps to speedy germination.
Step two: Sow the Tamarind Bonsai seeds in loamy soil in a pot, and then spray water regularly. The germination actually starts within 10 to 15 days. Keep the seedling in the same pot for about 2 to 3 months. It is very vital to add diluted liquid organic fertilizer at regular intervals.
Step three: Then transfer the Tamarind Bonsai plant carefully to a training pot. Make sure you keep it in shade. In the meantime, the Tamarind Bonsai plant will slowly adapts with the new environment. Once the plant roots are fixed, the new foliages will begin to appear. You have to shift the pot gradually from shade to sunlight. Finally the transformation to your actual Tamarind bonsai plant starts from here.
Step four: Next is to remove carefully the unnecessary branches and leaves and then keep only the ones required for your bonsai. Meanwhile you can try different ideas for wiring branches. Periodic pruning and pinching can also helps in retaining the shape of the bonsai. Always check the potting medium regularly and then remove extra roots. Also replace the soil mixed with organic fertilizer.
Furthermore, give the plant careful training for a few years. Consequently your tamarind bonsai tree plant will transform to a beautiful art piece. Finally, transfer the tamarind bonsai plant to an original pot. You need to also ensure proper drainage for the pot. Above all caring is actually the most important for a tamarind bonsai plant to retain its health, shape and beauty.