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Clove

Syzygium aromaticum

Small, oblong fruit with little pulp, similar to the java plum. The dried flower buds of this tree are the cloves of commerce. All parts of the tree are highly aromatic.

Seed Availability

Seeds are not available for the Clove. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in July 2014.

Description

Medium sized tree up to 20-40ft tall.

Hardiness

The clove tree is an ultra-tropical tree which will not survive temperatures below 50F, or above 100F.

Growing Environment

Requires a humid, warm tropical climate with lots of water year-round.

Propagation

By seeds and cuttings.

Germination Info

Seeds will not germinate if dried out. Fresh seeds should be planted soon after removal from the fruit. Germination generally begins within days, though root sprouts can take a few weeks to show. Plant near the soil surface in moist, well-drained soil. Provide a high humidity environment. Soil and air temperature should be at 75-85F.

Uses

Fruits are not eaten. Dried flower buds are used as a spice, and medicinally for countless things.

Native Range

Native to the Moluccas, (islands of Eastern Indonesia, once known as the Spice Islands.)

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