Styles / Pruning / Training: Wiring can be done successfully on young branches and leaves can be reduced by defoliation several times during the growing season. This plant is a strong top grower, keep the top clipped or lower limbs will weaken and die back. Tamarinds can take a severe pruning to both branches and roots if done in the spring or early summer. The Tamarind tree will quickly sprout new branches from the trunk. Easily trained as bonsai.
Light / Water requirements: Full sun even after severe pruning of the roots and/or branches is best. The tree will respond sooner. The Tamarind is not drought tolerant. Regular watering is necessary for best results especially if it is in a bonsai pot.
Propagation: Seeds, cuttings and air-layering are all successful. The Tamarind is a slow grower, so obtaining a larger trunk is desirable.
Repotting Special Instructions: Repotting is preferrable done in spring after night temperatures stablilize in the low to mid 60's but can be repotted anytime throughout the summer.
Insects and Diseases: The Tamarind Tree can be susceptible to Scale, Leafspot, Caterpillars and Borers although not usually a problem.
Temperature Requirements: Tamarinds are tropical and needs to be protected when temperatures drop below 40 degrees F. The Tamarind has a moderate salt tolerance.
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