Ceratonia Siliqua "Carob Tree" - EDIBLES - Seeds
Ceratonia Siliqua "Carob Tree" - EDIBLES - Seeds
Ceratonia Siliqua "Carob Tree" - EDIBLES - Seeds

Ceratonia Siliqua "Carob Tree" - EDIBLES - Seeds

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** not available to WA or International buyers due to quarantine restrictions.

commonly known as the carob tree (from Arabic  kharrūb and Hebrew חרוב haruv), St John's-bread, or locust bean (not to be confused with the African locust bean), or simply locust-tree, is a species of flowering evergreen shrub or tree in the pea family, Fabaceae. It is widely cultivated for its edible pods, and as an ornamental tree in gardens. The ripe, dried pod is often ground to carob powder, which is used to replace cocoa powder. Carob bars, an alternative to chocolate bars, are often available in health-food stores.

Carob consumed by humans is the dried (and sometimes roasted) pod. Carob is mildly sweet and is used in powdered, chip, or syrup form as an ingredient in cakes and cookies, and as a substitute for chocolate. A traditional sweet, eaten during Lent and Good Friday, is also made from carob pods in Malta. Dried carob fruit is traditionally eaten on the Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat.

While chocolate contains levels of theobromine which are toxic to some mammals, carob contains absolutely no caffeine and no theobromine, so is used to make chocolate-flavored treats for dogs".  Information retrieved from wikipedia  24 August 2017

Mature carob trees produce an abundant crop of large, flat seed pods every other year, which can be harvested and used to propagate new trees. Carob seeds germinate reliably in summer when planted in moist, sterile growing mixture and kept under warm, bright conditions. However, the seeds possess a tough, impermeable outer hull that must be softened before planting to hasten germination.

The Chakra Garden can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. 

 

Always seek advice from a professional before eating or using a plant medicinally.

How to grow Carob Seeds

"Soak the carob seeds in cool water for one to two hours. Gently rub the seeds to remove the sticky, dried-on pulp. Rinse them thoroughly and lay them flat on a sheet of paper towel for a few hours.

Rub the edge of each carob seed with a fine rasp until the light inner hull is exposed. Do not rub all the way through the hull or the seed can die.

Place the seeds in a bowl. Heat water on the stovetop until it begins to boil. Remove the water from the heat and pour it over the seeds until they are covered. Soak seeds for 24 hrs.

Fill 4-inch peat pots with a mixture of half sterile compost and half perlite. Pour water onto the mixture until it is saturated. Press the surface lightly to extract the excess moisture.

Poke a 3cm-deep planting hole in each growing container. Sow one seed in each hole. Cover seeds with sterile compost. Drizzle water onto the compost.

Warm the bottom of the peat pots using a propagation mat or heating coil. Maintain a temperature of 21C at all times during the germination process. Do not lower the temperature since it may cause the seeds to go dormant.

Maintain a constant level of moisture while the carob seeds germinate. Allow the surface of the growing mixture to dry out slightly before watering again.

Germination time: approx  30 to 45 days.

Turn the propagation mat off once the seedlings emerge. Decrease watering to prevent fungal infection. Allow the top 1.5cm of the growing mixture to dry out between waterings.

Transplant the carob seedlings once they grow to 7-8cm in height. Transplant peat pots directly into the garden or into large containers filled with a soil mixture of half loam and half sand.

Tip

Carob trees tolerate smog, drought and salt spray, so they make ideal shade trees in urban coastal areas".

Note:   All care has been taken to ensure your seeds are of the highest quality.  No responsibility is accepted by the seller for germination rates.

*****Please note:   These are seeds only and NOT live plants!! Quarantine restrictions and inspection fees prohibit the sale of these seeds to Western Australia and Internationally.


The Chakra Garden can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. 

Always seek advice from a professional before eating or using a plant medicinally.


We keep our costs to you (and the environment) down through putting all of our growing information on our store and not sending out extra bits to you with your seed. You receive only what you order.  Please do read the "GROW" instructions on the page you order from, or look them up yourself on the internet and help to keep the paper waste down.

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