Also known as the Locust Bean Tree, the Carob is widely cultivated for its edible pods. The ripe dried pods are ground to powder and used to replace cocoa powder. Carobs are mostly dioecious, either male or female with the females setting the pods. However both are highly ornamental and worth growing as specimen trees anyway. They are reasonably frost hardy and tolerate a wide range of soils types.
Growing Tip: Carob has a hard seed coat and this should be nicked or filed to allow moisture entry.
Enjoys bright light and warmth. Sow in well drained, lightly moist soil.
MAY BE VERY SLOW TO GERMINATE.
Matures 730 days (2 years) from Transplant.
|OPTIMUM SOIL TEMP FOR GERMINATION||DAYS TO GERMINATION||Height||PREFERRED GROWING PERIOD||WHEN TO SOW||NUMBER OF SEEDS PER PACKET||PREFERRED GROWING METHOD||BEST USE|
|18-25||21-30||15m||Warmer Temps||2.3||13||Transplant||Fruiting Tree|