Subtropical plants / Cashew (Anacardium occidentale)

Cashew (Anacardium occidentale)
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The cashew nut is the inside of a cashew seed which hangs on a sweet cashew apple. Can grow at a temperature of at least 5° Celsius.

Expected processing time

2 days

€ 5,00
Price per 3 seeds


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The cashew is a tropical tree that can be kept as a container plant or houseplant. The fruits of the plant consist out of the real fruit: a kidney-shaped bean, and the cashew apple, a swollen fruit stem. Both parts can be eaten: the cashew apple fresh from the tree and in the still toxic cashew bean. The nut has to be roasted before it can be eaten. Worldwide, cashew nuts are cultivated and today India is the largest producer, while the plant is native to South America. The cashew may grow in colder climates as a container plant with a minimum temperature of 5 degrees Celsius. Move the plant inside on time when it’s getting colder outside. Water the plant regularly and find a sunny spot for it. 
Germination instructions:
Note that the seeds are fresh and therefore are still toxic, as opposed to the processed, roasted cashew nuts which you can find in the store.
Sow the seeds in sowing mix and keep the soil constantly moist. Germinate them at 25-30 degrees Celsius.

Sowing time:
All year round

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Tim - 08-10-2014 15:35

Ik had er eentje geplant en na ongeveer een week ging hij schimmelen. Na ongeveer 2 weken was hij helemaal beschimmeld dus wilde ik hem weggooien, maar toen merkte ik dat er een worteltje aan zat. Dat worteltje groeide snel. Dus ook als hij schimmelt, gooi hem niet weg.

Stijn - 05-07-2014 00:08

tot nu zijn 3 v/d 5 gekiemd binnen 2 weken...

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