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Germination of

Acacia tortilis / Vachellia tortilis

Umbrella Thorn Tree, Acacia Tortilis, Israeli Babool, Israeli Thorn, Twisted Thorn, Scented Thorn, Kadam Tree

Acacia tortilis / Vachellia tortilis

Scarify the Acacia tortilis seeds by nicking or scratching the hard seed coat with a file or sandpaper. This process helps break the seed coat, allowing water to penetrate and initiate germination.
Another method is to briefly soak the seeds in hot water for a few hours or overnight before planting.
Use a well-draining seed-starting mix or a blend of sand and peat moss in pots or trays.
Plant the scarified seeds in the soil about 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep and cover lightly with soil.
Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged and maintain warmth around 70-80°F (21-27°C) to facilitate germination.
Place the pots or trays in a sunny location with indirect sunlight.
Germination for Acacia tortilis seeds can be erratic and may take several weeks to months. Patience is key during this process.
Once germination occurs and seedlings develop a few sets of true leaves, transplant them into individual pots with well-draining soil.

Some of plants may have very have specific germination requirements that may not be covered in these general instructions. 

Many seeds require pre-treatment before sowing which we try to list here when we can, but this information may not be present here.  Germination times and germination temperatures are to be a guide only.  Many factors can DRASTICALLY affect this.


It's always a good idea to research the specific germination requirements from multiple sources for each plant before attempting to grow them from seed.

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