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Bombax malabaricum, Red samel - Plant

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This plant is famous for its large, showy, six-inch flowers with thick, waxy, red petals that densely clothe leafless branch tips in late winter and early spring.

This Asian tropical tree has a straight tall tree and its leaves are deciduous in winter. Red flowers with 5 petals appear in the spring before the new foliage. It produces a capsule which, when ripe, contains white fibres like cotton. Its trunk bears spikes to deter attacks by animals.

Although its stout trunk suggests that it is useful for timber, its wood is too soft to be very useful.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Silk cotton tree, Salmali, Bombax ceiba, and Simul tree
Maximum Reachable Height 45 meters
Flower Colour Red
Bloom Time Feb-April
Difficulty Level Easy to grow.

Planting and care

  • Caring for this plant is very easy. As it is a drought tolerant plant, it does not require much watering.
  • Water and fertilizer need only during the growing season, but once established it will perform well with occasional irrigation and no fertilizer.
  • Prune the plant for maintaining its shape and size.
  • Prune the damaged and diseased branches from the tree.

    Bombax malabaricum care

    It can easily be propagated by seeds. soak the seeds in water 12 hours before sowing. Seeds can be sown in a sunny position in nursery beds. Water the seeds regularly. Germination will start in 10 - 25 days. Transplant 5cm tall seedlings to individual containers and plant out 12 months later.

    Sunlight Full sun to partial shade.
    Watering moderately.
    Soil Well drained and fertile soil.
    Temperature 15-35 degrees C
    Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer.

    Bombax malabaricum special feature

    It is a plant of Jyehstha Nakshatra.

    Bombax malabaricum uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • Can be grown as a single tree in the home garden and used for avenue planting

    Medicinal Use:

    • The extracts of the Silk Cotton Tree are beneficial in the treatment of male sexual disorders
    • It also has hemostatic properties and is administered during menorrhagia
    • Silk Cotton Tree extracts are also helpful in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders like dysentery and diarrhea
    • Use only as per doctors prescription

    Culinary Use:

    • Its flower, flower bud, and young leaves are cooked as a vegetable
    • Ripe seeds are eaten roasted
    • Young roots are also eaten raw or roasted
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is another name for a Bombax malabaricum?

    Bombax malabaricum is commonly known as Silk cotton tree, Salmali, Bombax ceiba, and Simul tree

    How tall do Bombax malabaricum grow?

    On average Bombax malabaricum grows 45 meters

    What color are Bombax malabaricum?

    A Bombax malabaricum plant bears flowers of color Red

    When Bombax malabaricum blooms?

    With enough light, Bombax malabaricum may produce Red flowers in Feb-April

    How hard is Bombax malabaricum to grow?

    A Bombax malabaricum is Easy to grow.

    How much sunlight does a Bombax malabaricum need?

    A Bombax malabaricum prefers Full sun to partial shade.

    How much water does a Bombax malabaricum need?

    A Bombax malabaricum prefers watering moderately.

    What kind of soil does a Bombax malabaricum need?

    A Bombax malabaricum prefers Well drained and fertile soil.

    What temperature does a Bombax malabaricum like?

    A Bombax malabaricum prefers 15-35 degrees C

    How often should I fertilize my Bombax malabaricum?

    To encourage Bombax malabaricum growth, Apply any organic fertilizer.

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