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Posted by swrancher (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 22, 09 at 21:19

Wife and kids were out school shopping today and I got bored at home so took a nice weekend drive. Long story short...I somehow ended up at Pine Island Nursery and bought myself a small 3-4 foot Tamarind tree for my front yard, something I have been thinking about doing awhile. Planted the tree as soon as I got it home.

Anyway PIN normally has those tags with some information and planting instructions but mine was missing a tag. Anyone have advice on growing this type of tree? Should I mulch around it? How fast do they grow? How long until I start getting pods? I'm located in South Florida (Southwest Broward) and my soil here is a real nice black muck/sand type mix that most plants seem to do well with.

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RE: Tamarind

A very beautiful tree if kept pruned and shaped. Otherwise, they will get enormous! They are not too fussy about soil. Grow fast and react to pruning very well. So you can dictate the shape you want. Most will start blooming around 4 years old but probably won't fruit until about the 6th year. Mulching is always beneficial...just keep it away from the trunk. There's tons of info on the web too.

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