Carob

Ceratonia siliqua

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Standard seed packet, 5 seeds

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Carob

Ceratonia siliqua


  • Evergreen tree 15m
  • Alternative to chocolate
  • St John's Bread


Evergreen tree with dense foliage growing to 15m. Produces pods growing to 30cm that contain a sweet pulp that is used as an alternative to chocolate. Drought tolerant. Will take 6-8 years to begin producing fruit but may continue producing for up to 100 years. Best suited to warmer climates. May not produce fruit in cooler climates. Also known as "St. John's Bread".


How to sow and grow:

Method: Raise seedlings
Sowing Depth: 50mm
When: Spring
Germination: 12-38 days @ 22-26°C
Hardiness / Life Cycle: Frost tender Perennial
Plant Spacing: 10m
Plant Height: 15m
Position: Full sun, moist well drained soil
Days to Maturity/Flowering: 5-8 years
*Notes: Young plants and shoots are frost tender so protect from frost for the first few winters. Carob trees are dioecious which means individual tress have either male or female flowers; both are needed to produce fruit. Will take 6-8 years to begin producing fruit but may continue producing for up to 100 years. Best suited to warmer climates. May not produce fruit in cooler climates. Note: Scarification may be necessary: scratch or rub seeds with a knife, file or sand paper prior to sowing. 

(Product number: D1-17)
Seeds per gram: 8 seeds


SKU D1-17
Shipping Weight 0.0012kg
Botanical name: Ceratonia siliqua
Packet type: Standard seed packet
Packet quantity: 5 seeds
Seeds per gram: 8
Photo credits:

Photo by Júlio Reis/ CC BY-SA 2.5

Carob

12 July 2020
Have been growing in sheltered patio position in Melbourne for 3 years and only a foot tall! Still, has pretty leaves and happy in a pot. Low maintenance. Fun to experiment, so worth a try.
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Soak it before planting

3 February 2018
It's just a seedling (x1) that has sprouted. Basically I just put all the seeds into water and left them ? I think for a fortnight, maybe more. I noticed one of the seeds became very large so I figured it was time to plant it out. Anyway, it germinated and there's a little seedling growing. I put the other seeds into the same pot also just in case, not sure if I should have let them soak longer. And I didn't do the scarification method, I'm just a newbie gardener :)
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