I’ve been using Palo Santo and know it’s just not sustainable to keep using it without replenishing it. Treat it as being environmentally friendly or paying it forward, but I’d like to grow Palo Santo to offset my palo santo footprint. I can’t find any website on google that actually sells palo santo seeds though.
From what I’m reading, the seeds are viable for at least a year, and have a fairly decent germination rate (
I live in a zone that is suitable for propagating Palo Santo.
Thanks in advance!
And yet, nothing. Not on the obscure plant trading forums, not on the various rare seed vendor sites, not even in the shady depths of ebay.
Huh, what a fascinating lack of availability.
edit: I did just find a note that the author required a permit to import the seeds used in their study. Not sure what manner of permit, nor why the permit was required.
I can find several other species in the Bursera genus, but B. graveolens is proving tricky. But I shall keep digging!
Palo Santo is wood from mature fallen trees. You’ll have a very long wait for your Palo Santo 🙂
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Our program of reforestation tries to be able to restore the dry forests of Manabí. The project started with the planting of the species palo santo, which within the dry forests of Manabí is very common, but its rate of Mortality is growing with the passage of time.
In 2016, around 5,000 small trees of Palo Santo were planted. On January 9, 2019 around 4000 trees were reforested, using 5 hectares of 30% of the forest. This area is suitable to cultivate and harvest according to the conversion parameters approved by the Ministry of the Environment of Ecuador (MAE).
Something you should know is that a cut-tree is not worth it!, as it does not have the natural properties of Palo Santo, neither aroma. There is a simple trick to find out if a tree has died naturally, you should only carefully observe the smoke that the Palo Santo is throwing at the time of burning. If it comes out black it means that the palo santo has been cut. If it expels white or gray smoke is a palo santo of natural death.
This is the first year where two types of trees are used for reforestation. 70% of the baby-plants comes from our own nursery and 30% are transplants, When there is an overpopulation of palo santo trees in an area of the forest, it is moved to a part of the forest where there are no trees.
Currently in other countries such as Peru where the Palo Santo tree also grows, it is estimated that it is in danger of extinction. This is due to the great demand that exists today. Many people are interested in the wood of Palo Santo, and as we know this tree must have a life time of 30 to 40 years and must die on their own to use it. But due due to a poor sustainable management of the natural resources, people do not wait for the tree to die by itself and cut them. THIS CUT WOOD IS NOT WORTH IT!
To be able to plant trees of Palo Santo, you need the seed which is obtained from the trees that are in the forest. The trees must be about 6 years old. This will throw some flowers which carry the seeds. The seeds before being used will pass through the digestive system of the pigeons. Once the pigeons expel the seeds, they can be used for planting. Knowing the place where the pigeons throw the seeds is complicated, which led him to try a new technique of seeding: He prepares the soil, mixing sand with some sawdust from palo santo, then picks the seeds directly from the flowers, and proceeds to sow them. The soil that he prepares for sowing in the nurseries that causes good germination. One could say this is as if he uses seeds that have been ingested by the pigeons.
An agreement was made with the comuneros of Joa. They can use rent-free the “open sky” sowing area to grow corn between one plant and the other. This activity will encourage the comuneros to help take care of the palo santo trees. In about 3 or 4 years, when the trees are already strong, we will proceed to plant other species typical of dry forests, such as carob, guayacanes, pepito colorado among others. And thus we will be regenerating the dry forests of Manabí.
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Trees from 1 to 8 years were planted. The farmers carried out two types of plantations. The first called “open skies”, which consists of planting trees in a distance of 4 meters. And the other called “spot”, which consists of planting the tree of Palo Santo in an area that has bushes, trees or other crops. The Palo Santo tree will be placed where a ray of sunlight hits.
Caring for, protecting and regenerating the dry forests of Manabí are some of the fundamental activities carried out by us. We have been working for 4 years.