Consider this – a stand of teak trees only takes between fifteen and twenty years to grow to a harvestable age in tropical climates, and there are great benefits along the way. Firstly, each tree drops thousands of seeds, each of which can be germinated and sown in the tropics. Hawkey’s claim about tree planting could have been a cinch!
The best way to germinate the teak seeds is to soak them for twelve hours and then dry them, repeating this process for two weeks. Then sow into trays or better still, jiffy pots and when they have germinated after a month or so, keep them watered and give them lots of sun until they are big enough to plant 1100 of your little trees per hectare. Thin the trees out to keep them straight and to grow them tall and small trees you weed out can also be potted and moved elsewhere. They actually are beautiful trees and could be planted along roadsides in stands of say about four deep and their blossoms and seed pods provide great interest.
While it is optimum to keep the soil well fed with nitrogenous fertilizer and cleared around the tree-base, letting the undergrowth thicken up a bit adds to the environmental effect and makes habitats for lizards while the flowers are great for butterflies.
After 15 or 20 years, cut only every third three and plant more in between after you clean up and refertilise the soil. Along the way, harvest more of the seeds and keep the seedling forest going! If you don’t have land, why not see if your local council can plant teak in the local streets and parks?
You will not only have a fabulous money-spinner in the timber you can sell but also the environment will have been enhanced. Believe me, 20 years goes by in a flash and 1100 of these trees are worth a fortune.