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Marula tree ?

Cate Weaver


Joined: Jul 12, 2011
Posts: 15
Does anyone know of a seed source for this African tree - Marula [SCLEROCARYA BIRREA]?
http://blogs.worldwatch.org/nourishingtheplanet/marula-food-function-and-sustainable-development/

ETA: Looks like you can get it from Amazon - whodathunkit?
http://www.amazon.com/Seeds-SCLEROCARYA-BIRREA-Marula/dp/B004J3A91Y


How about details about its best performing habitat, etc.?
Brian Shepherd


Joined: Jul 26, 2011
Posts: 9
Location: Lakeland Florida zone 9
http://www.tradewindsfruitstore.com
They have Marula listed on Trade Winds Fruit, I have not purchased from them yet, but they sure have a lot of interesting seeds from around the world.


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Joined: Jun 27, 2010
Posts: 75
Location: Ontario, Canada (44.265475, -77.960029)
bshillbilly wrote:
http://www.tradewindsfruitstore.com
They have Marula listed on Trade Winds Fruit, I have not purchased from them yet, but they sure have a lot of interesting seeds from around the world.


I've used them twice - last year and again this year - and been pleased with the results.  They are quick to respond to email.  And their postage is just that, no handling charge.  Unfortunately, they don't provide specific germination details with their seeds so you have to do some digging to find whatever info you can.  Some you can figure out based on where the plant grows, eg. something that has a cold winter season probably needs cold stratification. And to better replicate the spring freeze/thaw cycle, follow the cold strat with a warm cycle and another cold strat.  How many cycles?  Who knows.

Regards,
Mike


Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.
Jack Shawburn


Joined: Jan 18, 2011
Posts: 230
Growing Marula from seed is not reccomended.
"Elite trees are identified and seedling are propagated from them vegetatively
by means of either cuttings are tissue culture.
This will ensure that the tree is vigorous and produces
fruit in abundance and of good quality.
Poor trees are normally harvested for their wood in Africa - good for carving
and the best producing trees left to grow.
 
 
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