Indigenous to tropical Africa, the tamarind is a long lived, slow growing, evergreen tree which can attain heights of 20m in its native habitat. However, tamarinds will usually only reach 12-16m with an open branch structure and a gracefully drooping canopy spread of several metres, exhibiting dense, bright green foliage and bean-like pods that turn a reddish brown when fully matured. Once fully ripened, the pods are brittle and can be easily opened, containing fleshy, juicy, acidulous pulp.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Grows well in humid tropical areas and also enjoys semi-arid tropical conditions.

    Plant in a full sun location.

    Tolerates a broad range of soil types but will produce best when planted in deep, well drained soils which are slightly acid.

    Tolerates salt spray and can be planted fairly close to the coastline.

    Tamarinds have strong, supple branches which means, that they are rather resistant to winds.

    Prefers frost free environments and will require overhead protection in cooler climate zones. Mature trees can endure brief periods of 0°C.

    Young tamarinds need good watering until they become properly established. Mature trees tend to withstand drought conditions quite well.

    The ideal time for planting tamarinds is at the beginning of the rainy season, particularly in seasonally dry regions.

    When planting, ensure the hole is larger than necessary to accommodate for the root system.

    Young trees should be pruned to allow for 3-5 well spaced branches to develop into the main structure. Mature plants will not require much pruning except the removal or weak, dead and diseased branches.

    Depending upon fertility of the soil, plant spacing may vary from 10 – 20m between trees.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Young Trees

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1 cup (200g)

    Commercial Use: 200-400g

    Comments: Tamarinds will grow and produce good crops with or without fertilisers. However, for best results supply young plants with organic fertiliser at the time of planting and twice yearly, once in summer and again in mid summer.


    Stage: Mature Trees

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 2½-10 cups (0.5-2kg)

    Commercial Use: 2 - 3kg

    Comments: Once your tamarind begins to bear fruit, apply 500g twice for the first year, once at spring and again in mid-summer. Each year of fruiting, increase the rate by another 500g until you are applying 2kg or for commercial growers a maximum of 3kg per tree. For example, the second year of fruit bearing, your tree should receive an application rate of 1kg, and at 3 years apply 1.5kg and so on.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.