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Silk Floss Tree (Ceiba speciosa)
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Seed fluff of the silk tree is used for making traditional canoe’s, paper and rope. The species can withstand light frost and resembles to the kapok tree.

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Common name:
Silk floss tree

Origin:
South America

Description:
The silk tree (silk floss tree) originates from the (sub)tropical regions of southern South America and comes from the same family as the baobab and kapok tree. Just like the kapok tree, the silk tree produces some sort of cotton fluff, but of poorer quality so it cannot be woven. It’s often used for packaging materials, traditional canoe’s and the production of paper and rope. The species is hardier than the kapok tree and can withstand light frost. That’s why it can be kept as a container plant in a sunny spot. The growth goes fast, so you should prune it. The trunk has spines and is thickened at the bottom so it can store water. That’s why this species is also quite resistant to periods of drought. The white-pink flowers are about 15 cm wide and are pollinated in nature by the famous Monarch butterflies.

Germination instructions:
First soak the seeds in water for 48 hours. Then sow them in sowing mix and let them germinate at around 25degC. Keep the soil constantly moist. 

Sowing time:
All year round


Photo 1: Mauro Guanandi via Flickr

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Anneke - 25-04-2020 19:14

De zaden zijn goed uitgekomen. In de eerste jaren heb ik ze binnengehouden. Ze groeiden toen slechts heel langzaam. Daarna heb ik een deel van de planten in de zomer buitengezet. Dat is heel goed gegaan: in korte tijd groeiden ze uit tot flinke kuipplanten. Ze kunnen het beste binnenshuis overwinteren in een verwarmde kamer omdat ze anders hun blad verliezen.

Joke - 12-03-2019 11:19

Heb deze zaden ca 1 jaar geleden gezaaid. Zijn goed aangeslagen en nu plantjes van ca. 25/30 cm. Hoop ze dit voorjaar als kuipplant buiten te zetten.

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