How to Grow a Frankincense Tree

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The frankincense tree grows to about 20 feet and produces a resin that is noted for its use in aromatic products and medicine. They are primarily found in arid climates such as India, Northern Africa and Southern Arabia. The frankincense tree, which is part of the Boswellia genus, is known for being particularly tough to grow -- its seeds have a low germination rate. Soil with high concentrations of limestone increases the probability of growth.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging


  1. 1

    Remove any weeds from the area in which you wish to plant your frankincense seeds. The area should receive intense sunlight. Dig a hole that measures 2 inches deep by 1 inch wide and fill it with a half-limestone half-sand mixture.

  2. 2

    Spread your frankincense seeds across the soil. Cover them with roughly 1/4 inch of sand and limestone. Pack the mixture down.

  3. 3

    Water the seeds with 1/2 cup of water immediately after planting. Saturate the soil but do not go past that point.

  4. 4

    Fill a spray bottle with water and mist the seed bed every morning. In about three to four weeks the seeds should sprout.

  5. 5

    Stop misting the plants when they have reached about 6 inches tall. If the soil becomes dry, mist it again. The frankincense tree does not need excess moisture.

Tips and warnings

  • You should only plant frankincense seeds after the last frost of the year.

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