Hey everyone, Checkers a big South African retail outlet has these on promotion at the moment. Basically egg shell box cardboard, with a nutrient rich type husk and vegetable seeds.
What I have done is saved the vegetable seeds for a later date and planted my Bonsai Tree seeds here for germination testing purposes for a start and to see how they fair?
Above my latest germinated seed. I harvest seeds from many trees in the area so to be honest not yet too sure what this is? However suspect it may be a leopard tree...
Most species of Caesalpinias have poorly defined growth rings, with isolated vessels arranged in radial multiples. Pitting between vessels is alternate and covered, and fibres are generally not divided by a septum. The axial (i.e., longitudinal) parenchyma varies from a winged shape to confluent, and is irregularly storied (i.e., layered), while the rays (perpendicular to growth rings) are of variable height and generally comprise a single or double cell width. Libidibia in particular has layered longitudinal parenchyma and narrow homocellular (i.e., of uniform type) rays without crystals in the ray cells.
Sliced face of pau ferro board
Its wood is often used for making fingerboards for electric basses and guitars. It has a similar feel and similar tonal attributes to rosewood, but is harder and has a slightly lighter colour. The wood may also be used for flooring, fancy furniture, and handgun grips. It is also known by the names morado, palo santo, caviuna, Brazilian ironwood, and Bolivian rosewood, though it is not actually rosewood.
In guitar making, pau ferro is mainly used for fingerboards and bridges. Some luthiers also use it for the back and sides of acoustic guitars. The Brazilian guitar company Giannini uses laminated pau ferro in many of their classical guitars. Although similar in many ways to rosewood, pau ferro has slightly different qualities: Its colouration ranges from coffee brown to yellow brown and purple. The tonal characteristics are said to be between rosewood and ebony, with a slightly "snappier" sound, being "slightly brighter than rosewood but with the same depth and warmth".
Fender has utilized pau ferro on many of their instruments in recent years due to the increasing cost of rosewood due to CITES laws. The Stevie Ray Vaughan Signature Fender Stratocaster was one of the company's first instruments to feature a pau ferro fingerboard. Brazilian Ironwood here in South African we call it a leopard tree (Libidibia ferrea) more here as per wikipedia.org https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libidibia_ferrea
Above my Baobab growing so nicely now which will continue until around April until the leaves fall off again for a dormant winter..
Below my weeping willow growing well and becoming more robust, I love the growing orientation of this bonsai truly unique and spectacular!
Nature the incredible!
Love and light, may you be abundantly blessed and have an amazing new year!