A Frankincense Tree Arrived in Time for Christmas - Day One
|Boswellia sacra - first day. Click on image to enlarge|
I have a lot of experience growing arid plants, from lithops to peyote to cacti and succulents too numerous to mention. I'll keep posting tips on the frankincense, combining Arid Lands reply and my own observations.
First, buy coarse sand, or if you're lucky enough, dig some from your garden. I would not repot this sampling in a one-gallon pot, I'm going to repot in maybe a four or five-inch pot. The sampling needs to send out new roots, and a tight container helps this process. Do NOT fertilize. For the first month, water every other day, allowing all the water to drain out. Do not let it sit in a pot in a saucer that holds water. Keep it in the sunniest, warmest place in your home. Protect from night chills if you live in a cold climate by moving it at least two feet away from the window when the sun goes down.
That's it for now. Do you have any questions?
Gosh, I sent the nursery an email and have not heard back from them. I wrote to see if several of us girls could tour the Garden in Tempe. We were thinking of odering a Frankincense Tree and Myrrh Tree from their web site...but we thought that they would send a small tree (miniture). I don't have a green thumb so do not know how I would do with a root. So your posting on your proceedure is important stuff for me :) Keep us informed on the situation Anya. Thank you for posting.ReplyDelete
Dianna Pierce, Fountain Hills, AZ
Any rooting hormone?ReplyDelete
Get Jason Eslamieh's book, "Cultivating Boswellia" it is wonderful and the photos are the best I've seen.ReplyDelete
If you search 'davesgarden frankincense" there's a bit of information in their plant files. This is the only seller I've been able to find, which astounds me. I'll be watching the progress, as I have a sunporch that seems well-suited to it, and I'd really like to give it a try.ReplyDelete
Hi Dianna - did you see my most recent blog - the owners are in Nairobi! I urge you to contact them when they're back. My recent blog gives the exact repotting/growing info you need.ReplyDelete
xoxo - it's good to hear from you, old friend
parfumeur.1 - it might be overwhelming to this dormant desert plant to use rooting hormone. I'm going to follow the instructions given in my subsequent blog. Thanks for the suggestion, though, rooting hormone can be great in some circumstances.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the suggestion, that might be the book the Arid Lands owner refers to in my subsequent blog post. BTW, did you know I have a great resource in Trygve from Enfleurage? She lives in Oman and is a world-class frankincense expert. She just sent me about 20 photos of different speciees and growing areas in Oman, and I'll be posting them. Very exciting!
Forgot to say xoxo to Katlyn ;-)ReplyDelete
I'm always on the dave's garden forums, but never thought to look for frankincense there! Thanks for the tip. Please see the blog post after this for potting/care instructions.
Do you know if they still sell Frankincense trees?ReplyDelete
I have no idea. Why don't you contact them and check? If they're out of stock, you can get on a waiting list.