Tree Chronicle

Tamarind Tree or not Tamarind Tree – we will know in a few years

What kind of tree is this? Survey Says: TAMARIND

The tamarind is a long-lived, medium-growth, bushy tree, which attains a maximum crown height of 12.1 to 18.3 metres (40 to 60 feet). The crown has an irregular, vase-shaped outline of dense foliage. The tree grows well in full sun in clayloamsandy, and acidic soil types, with a high drought and aerosol salt (wind-borne salt as found in coastal area) resistance. — Wikipedia

Chronicle updates

  • 14 May – I wrapped a few lines of painter’s tape around a bamboo grilling skewer to make an impromptu measuring stick.  I figure if it needs more height, I’ll go with a taller skewer for now, rather than stick my one good ruler in the dirt.
  • 16 May – this little guy is rapidly outgrowing his first home. This afternoon, he is going to get his peat pot planted in a 5″ self-watering pot – or so the plan goes. According to the Moon section of the Farmer’s Almanac, today is an auspicious day for transplanting.
  • 17 May – ok, so that didn’t happen. This afternoon he’ll get transplanted.
  • 18 May – ok, so THAT didn’t happen either – probably because I read more about this Gardening-by-the-Moon. There’s a lot more going on with this than I’d first given thought to, including the timing of the waxing, waning, gravitational pull, tides and the like. I think it’s time to pay more attention to those almanac entries that say when it’s time to do something.
  • 19 May – NOW the little guy is in his own pot.
  • 21 May – we may be getting very close to an answer to the tree mystery. I expect an answer on 28 May.
  • 29 May – the voting is in, and the answer is found on Wikipedia: We’ve got two tamarinds in the works, also known as Tamarindus indica – and here’s the article.

Photo archives

June 2013 – Tamarind tree is about eight feet tall now, and had to be moved off the table and onto the floor since it was beating its head on the ceiling.

June 2013 – Tamarind tree is about eight feet tall now, and had to be moved off the table and onto the floor since it was beating its head on the ceiling.

Day 10 – 19 May

Day 9 – 18 May

Day 7 – 16 May

Day 5 – 14 May

Day 3 – 12 May

Day 1 – 10 May 2012