People often think that baobabs are unsuitable trees for cultivation because of their slow growth. Nevertheless they do get planted, but not as widely as they deserve. For example, Sidibé et al. (1996) reported that villagers in Burkina Faso often planted baobabs along their field boundaries. Indeed, they planted 4,433 baobabs from nurseries funded by Tree Aid in 2003 (Ouedraogo 2004). Young trees grafted from elite trees with desirable characteristics develop faster than trees grown from seed. There are good possibilities for their future vegetative cultivation and the commercialisation of their products.
Baobabs are also cultivated in botanic gardens in both tropical and temperate countries. Three specimens of A. digitata, two of A. rubrostipa and one A. za are growing in glasshouses at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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