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Questions About Carob Trees

Asked by
Anonymous on
February 17, 2013

Q. Carob for Mulch

I live in Cyprus where soil property is very poor and rocky. There is an abundance of carob pods available in my garden, and I theorize that anything taking this much energy from such poor soil will hopefully return some of this goodness when used as a mulch. The only drawback I can see so far is the amount of carob seedlings that appear two or so years later. What are your thoughts?

Answered by
Nikki on
February 18, 2011
Certified Expert
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You probably can use carob pods in the garden, but, if I remember correctly, they are high in acid and could make the soil acidic. You will need to keep an eye on that.

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Answered by
j03bh09an on
February 19, 2013
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I would try to avoid using the carob pods but if you have to use them, put the carob pods in a blender and get them liquified. Gradually mix into the soil until it is damp. Bake it in the oven to get rid of contaminants in the soil before you try planting in it. Test the pH. If it is over 7 count on getting a lot of male plants. You can always add bone meal which will slowly neutralize the pH. Good Luck and Happy Growing!

Cheers,
Joe

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 9, 2015

Q. Frost bit Carob Tree

My carob was planted by a nursery 2 years ago and was a 24″ box. Two trees were planted at the same time. Last winter we had a hard freeze and only 1 of my trees was completely bit, the other is thriving. I called the nursery and they said to deep water and fertilize with citrus food, which I did. The tree is dead on top but the bottom is growing like a bush but looks very healthy. Should I remove the dead top and will this grow into a new tree or stay bush like?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 10, 2015
Certified Expert
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Yes, I would suggest removing the top portion of the tree, as it's likely dead and not going to get any better. You can then gradually prune the lower branches to develop small tree form each season until it is shaped as you like it.

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Asked by
hendrixcon on
September 29, 2015
Phoenix

Q. when to spray carob trees to prevent fruiting (or podding)

I have two prolific carob trees in Phoenix. Each produces a zillion pods. When do I spray to prevent pollination (and with what)?

thanks

Jim

Answered by
shelley on
September 30, 2015
Certified Expert
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Here is an article that answers your question:

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/stop-tree-fruit-58946.html

Make special note of the suggestion for carob trees in this article as they are a sensitive fruit tree.

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Asked by
chris 7 on
March 7, 2016
Baltimore

Q. carob trees

I need evergreen trees on my farm and want to buy Carob trees. Where in South Africa can I buy these trees?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 7, 2016
Certified Expert
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Use Google to do searches for companies that can ship to your region.
Contact your local garden centers for their advice. If they do not stock the trees, they may be able to special order them for you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/carob/carob-tree-care.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 27, 2017

Q. Carob Trees

Hi,

My friend is looking for a use for 161 acres of land in San Bernardino, California, USA. It is desert and I was thinking that Carob trees would be a great plant to grow there. Do you have a carob tree farmer who would be available to correspond about this?

Thanks,

Oshri

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 28, 2017
Certified Expert
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I would contact the local County Extension Office in your area, they may be able to help you find a local expert.

Here is a link to locate your closest office.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search

Here is an article about the care requirements of Carob Trees.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/carob/carob-tree-care.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 23, 2017

Q. Carob Trees

Hi I have a big carob tree and I need to remove. I need to ask if the roots are spread sideways or downwards. I am afraid that the routes can go under my neighbors and I don`t want to cause any damage in their property. Can you pls give me some feedback

Thanks

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 23, 2017
Certified Expert
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Fortunately the carob tree has one main root which grows straight down, known as a taproot, plus other smaller roots. The smaller side roots are unlikely to damage property but I suppose any tree could be damaging if it is very close to a structure.

If you do think its roots are causing damage: it is sometimes possible to cut some of the roots that are causing damage, and then install a barrier to prevent them from re-growing. But, as the following articles explain, this can sometimes kill the tree or even cause it to become unstable and fall over later on, so it needs to be done carefully. If you decide to remove the tree, besides simply cutting it down, girdling is an effective way to kill it.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/how-to-kill-a-tree-killing-trees-in-your-garden.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/problem-tree-roots.htm

http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/yard/2003/071203.html

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 12, 2017

Q. carob tree

I had to have my carob tree very hard pruned because it was bothering my neighbour. Now I am very worried that it will not grow back,
It is grow back please?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
November 12, 2017
Certified Expert
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I suspect it will grow back, because carobs are typically durable trees. It may take a few more years to produce fruit, though.

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