Buy Baobab seeds and support Forest Restoration in Madagascar

   

For the last three years, we at Vakanala, a non-profit organization, have been working to conserve and restore the unique primary forests near the rural community of Ilomena in southwestern Madagascar. One of the top ten hotspots of biodiversity on Earth, the forests of Madagascar are home to over 200,000 different species. An estimated 80% of these plants and animals are endemic to the island of Madagascar and are found nowhere else in the world. Even so, over 100,000 hectares of these forests, and the rare plants and animals in them, disappear to logging every year.

To reverse this dramatic decline, we have established a large nursery in the Madagascan village of Iantoha, which allows us to plant more than 200,000 trees just this year, but we can't do it alone. To support us, we are offering seeds of a Madagascan baobab tree (Adansonia za) for you to plant at home. The funds raised here will go directly to the nursery and reforestation program to help us grow year over year.

Each seed purchased helps fund the planting of two new trees.

:: Fresh seeds of Adansonia za (Madagascar) - Germination Rate ~75% ::

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5 Baobab Seeds

5 seeds to plant at home, 10 trees planted in Madagascar

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10 Baobab Seeds

10 seeds to plant at home, 20 trees planted in Madagasca

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30 Baobab Seeds

30 seeds to plant at home, 60 trees planted in Madagasca

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30 additional trees planted!

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75 additional trees planted!

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150 additional trees planted!

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Baobab tree, a typical tree of Madagascar

Adansonia is a genus of trees of the Bombacaceae family, according to the classification classic. These are trees that emerge from the savannah withstand intense heat, can live very old and measure 40 meters high. This genus includes 8 species :
- Adansonia digitata : African Baobab
- Adansonia grandidieri : Baobab Grandidier
- Adansonia gregorii : Baobab Australia
- Adansonia madagascariensis
- Adansonia perrieri : Baobab Perrier
- Adansonia rubrostipa : Fony Baobab
- Adansonia suarezensis : Baobab Suarez
- Adansonia za : Baobab Za
While there is only one species for the entire African continent and one species typical of northwestern Australia, six species are found in Madagascar, all endemic (they only exist in Madagascar).
Because of its size but also its longevity, the baobab is the pillar of the forest. Beyond the canopy, it is visible from everywhere in the forest by the diameter of its trunk, and outside the forest by its size which places it above the canopy. It is also the grandfather of the forest : Baobabs' longevity is so extreme that scientists still do not know their exact lifespan. Depending on the species, it would live between 300 and 700 years, and some even think that it could exceed 1,000 years.

Andansonia za , a spokesman for forest restoration


To mobilize the maximum number of people around our reforestation project, we propose to buy seeds of baobab species Adansonia za . This is typical species of the area where our forest restoration project is taking place. This species can reach up to 30 meters tal and produces fruits over 30 centimeter in diameter, whose spongy flesh is edible. It flowers from November to February, during the rainy season and the fruits are mature in October.
This species is present in our nursery and we will plant more than 1,000 this year, among 20,000 trees in total. Seeds sold on this site are from our seed bank, and are the same fresh seeds that are used in the nursery, which were collected in the area of ​​project.

a Baobab Adansonia za one-year-old, planted during the 2011 campaign .

Grow baobabs at home in 4 steps

Step 1: soften seeds

Boil 1 liter of water. Once boiling, remove from heat and add the seeds of the baobab. Soak for 48 hours

Step 2: Germination

ill a large Tupperware-type container with sand up to 10cm. Using a finger, make holes about 2cm deep. Put a seed in each hole, then fill the hole with sand. Water to saturation, then remove surplus water.Cover with a plastic film. Pierce many small holes in the film. Water regularly and always remove the excess of water.

Step 3 : Repotting

Drill a hole in the bottom of a pot. Add 5 inches of pit gravel or stone. Fill the rest with a sand /light earth. Transplant the young baobab after it has at least 2 developed leaves.

Step 4: Growth

Baobabs like heat and direct sunlight: Place in direct sunlight and in a warm place (can be put outside in summer!).Water once a week. Pay particular attention that there is no excess water. All water should be absorbed into the soil : considering that the baobab is spongy wood, they might rot.
                  



Frequently Asked Questions

I heard that Baobab seeds do not germinate easily?

This is indeed the case: baobab seeds quickly lose their ability to germinate. However, this is the case after a year to a year and a half; The seeds we provide are always from last season. If you plant them in the weeks after their arrival, the rate of germination is between 75 to 80%.

Can baobabs really grow in Europe / USA?

The Baobabs can grow well in temperate climates, provided they meet certain conditions:
- Have the maximum of sunlight;
- Do not expose to a high ground level of humidity. Do not leave excess water in the soil.;
- regular but moderated watering;
Ideally, the baobab will thrive in a large well drained pot, with the possibility of gettiing outside in summer and in a sunny room in winter.

Baobabs are up to 30 meters, how can I grow them in a pot?

It is true that baobabs can reach a height of 30 meters, however this happens in their natural environment, and it takes a hundred years! Potted, baobab reach a good size of one or two meters and, having access to enough light, will branch out at this size.

Is there a risk my baobab may not survive in the winter?

Unless you live in warmer regions such as the Mediterranean or the southern United States, your baobab may not withstand the winter. When the temperature drops below 10°C, it is essential to return the baobabs inside.

My baobab has lost all its leaves, is this normal?

As the plants of temperate regions, the baobab wilts during certain months of the year, not to survive the cold of winter, but to survive the dry season. It is normal to observe a regular loss of leaves in your baobab: It is not dead! Lessen the watering to a bare minimum, and soon the leaves will reappear.


About Vakanala Non-Profit

The Non-Profit Vakanala ("Pearls of forest " in Malagasy) is a Malagasy non-profit working in the field of biodiversity conservation rural development.
Composed by a multidisciplinary and young team, Vakanala aims to make every effort to help rural communities to develop new agricultural and economic practices in order to develop a sustainable system, based on reforestation to manage their natural resources.

While most of organisations in Madagascar focus on large forests, we instead chose to focus on small forests. These fragments of forest, given the advanced state of fragmentation of forest cover in Madagascar , are often as much a sanctuary for the local biodiversity a last barrier against soil erosion, that the main resources for local population.
Vakanala is a official organization, registered and approved by the Region Analamanga:
         












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