This century-old tree, toweing at 50m tall, was planted before WWII, and is well-hidden within the grounds where HOUSE by Super Farmers is located.
The very first Kapok in Singapore was planted in 1933 by Eric Holttum, a former director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Ours appear to have been planted at around the same time.
Kapoks do not bloom every year, with some going 5-10 years without flowering.
Each fruiting process is a long-drawn one, and only possible after seasonal rainy periods that encourage its foliage to fall. Flowering occurs when the tree is leafless, thereby improving access for the birds that feed on the sugar-laden nectar of kapok blossoms, so as to pollinate it. Ours last bloomed in 2018.
The flesh of the Kapok fruit is lustrous cotton, sometimes referred to as Silk Cotton. Embedded within its core, are as many as 200 seeds, ready for you to replant them.
People who value 100% natural materials use the Kapok cotton fibre to stuff pillows and cushions. Its beautiful off-white colour is also a great base colour for crafting projects.
Kapok Cotton Pods are being sold upwards of $30 per pod overseas. Our price is heavily discounted so that kids can experience this fascinating fruit while much learning is being conducted at home during this period.
WHAT WILL YOU BE GETTING?
You will receive 3 Kapok Cotton pods that have been grown without pesticides.
HOW TO OPEN?
Using a knife, gently slit open the hard exterior to reveal the compacted cotton shaped like corn kernels. Then, slowly pry the cotton with your fingers over a bag. As the cotton fibres are soft and airy, be sure to contain them with a bag.
WHAT TO DO WITH THEM?
Kapok Cotton Pods make beautiful home decor accessories. The fibres are perfect for craft projects such as felting and making yarn. People who value natural materials often seek the fibres to stuff pillows, soft toys and cushions.