- 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:
|Position:||Full sun, moist well drained soil|
|Days to Maturity/flowering:||5-8 years|
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
|Botanical name:||Ceratonia siliqua|
|Packet type:||Standard seed packet|
|Packet quantity:||5 seeds|
|Seeds per gram:||8|
Soak it before planting3 February 2018It'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 :)
None grewBy: customer review from 7/12/2015 on 22 March 2016unfortunately none of these grew, I tried this method "Seeds require scarification or boiling water treatment followed by three days soak to aid germination" but without success.