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Tropical / Annatto (Bixa orellana)

Annatto (Bixa orellana) Annatto (Bixa orellana)
Annatto (Bixa orellana) Annatto (Bixa orellana)
Annatto (Bixa orellana)
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The bright red dye annatto is in the bristly fruit of this tropical plant from the Amazon and is used for lipstick and soap.

Expected processing time

1-3 business days

€ 3,50
Price per 10 seeds
Family: Malvaceae
Scientific name: Bixa orellana
Common name: Achiote, Annato, Lipstick tree, Orlean tree
Origin: South America

The Achiote (sometimes referred to as Annato, Lipstick tree or Orlean tree) is named after Francisco de Orellana. This Spanish explorer was attacked during his trip over the Amazon by Indians who had smeared themselves with the dye from this plant, known today as annatto. The bright red dye can be found in the large, bristly fruits which are 4 cm wide and are often used for lipstick and soap. In food, the dye is known as E160. In tropical regions of South America, the plant is a large shrub up to 6 meters. It can also be kept as a houseplant.

Sowing description: First soak the seeds in water for 24 hours. Then sow them in sowing mix and just slightly cover them with soil. Keep the soil constantly moist and at a temperature of 25-30 degrees Celcius.

Sowing time: Whole year
Difficulty: Intermediate
Minimum temperature: 10 degrees Celcius

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Martijn - 03-06-2021 09:14

Ik heb ze gezaaid in een kweekbak begin april, meerdere zaadjes per pot. Na een maand heb ik een paar zaadjes uit de zaaigrond gehaald om te zien of deze nog goed waren en vond twee rotte zaden, en ben er toen vanuit gegaan dat de rest dan ook wel niet meer goed zou zijn. Heb echter de potjes wel laten staan in de kweekbak (en vochtig gehouden) en nu, 2 maanden na zaaien heb ik twee kleine plantjes. Pin je dus niet vast op kieming in 1-2 weken, gewoon geduld hebben!

Richard - 17-01-2021 17:07

Het heeft even geduurd, 29 okt 2020 in zaaigoed. Nu 3 kiemertjes.