Common name: Teak
Height at maturity: 30 to 40 meters
Exposure: sunny, partial shade
Plant type: tree
Flower color: white
Type of soil: draining, deep, slightly sandy
Watering: wet to very wet
Use: isolated, pot, bonsai
Diseases and Pests:-
Storage of seeds: 2 years in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
Teak is a tropical tree that is known for its rot-proof wood. Its wood is generally used in the construction of terraces, garden furniture, boat decks,… It is also widely used as a reforestation tree.
It is less known as an ornamental plant and yet it offers interesting characteristics.
It is resistant to pests and diseases. It offers rapid growth when it can benefit from heavy watering and offers a lifespan of over 50 years.
Tectona grandis produces a straight trunk and large, light green leaves 30-60cm long. The flowers appear in spring, they are white and fragrant.
It can be grown in the ground in regions that do not experience negative temperatures. It is also cultivable in pots and thus it can be sheltered during winter periods.
In order to germinate properly, the seeds need to be placed in water for 12 hours and then a 12 hour drying period must be performed.
It is necessary to respect this cycle for 2 weeks before placing the seeds in a substrate for sowing.
From sowing, the trays must be exposed to light and at a temperature of at least 20°C. The seeds germinate between 30 and 45 days.