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Growing Brazil Nut Trees

Brazil nut trees are exclusive to the Amazonian rainforests of South America. The process of growing a Brazil nut tree can require quite an investment of time and can take between 10 and 20 years to begin producing actual Brazil nuts. Brazil nut trees need to have a nearly perfect ecological setting in order to grow properly and produce the Brazil nuts which are highly sought after. In fact, an intricate balance is necessary between the tree, a species of bees, orchids and a certain type of rodent.

Locate a large undisturbed portion of Amazonian rainforest along the Amazonian River basin in South America, as the trees grow to be quite thick and over 100 feet tall.

Locate a Brazil tree fruit, which resembles a cantaloupe, and crack it open to gain access to its seedlings.

Plant the Brazil nut tree seedlings. Monitor the growth of the trees over the coming years to ensure an undisturbed ecosystem.

Introduce orchids near the tree once it begins to grow in order to attract a special species of "orchid bees" to naturally pollinate the tree and stimulate growth of the tree, its fruit and nuts.

Things You'll Need

  • Undisturbed Amazonian rainforest area
  • Brazil tree fruit
  • Brazil nut tree seeds
  • Orchids
  • Orchid bees
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Bryan Ordman is a film school graduate of Columbia College Chicago and has been working as a freelance writer since 2007. His primary focus while attending college was screenwriting. He has written in the past primarily as a film columnist but is now regular writer for eHow and Answerbag. Ordman obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College Chicago in 2008.