Sunday, November 20, 2011

Seed Planting

I should finally be getting my phone back tomorrow. To repair it will cost an outrageous $1080, substantially more than the price of the phone. I'll probably just deal with the problems and phone for the next little while. Then I'll have to figure out if it's cheaper just to cancel my contract and get a free phone with someone else. Hmmm...

I have had literally nothing sprout from the first shipment (from a seller in Canada). A lot of the seeds I purchased take a while, but not even the figs have sprouted. I'm a little worried this batch of seeds experience a hard freeze somewhere in shipment. I'll have to wait a few more weeks to see if anything happens.

Luckily my shipment arrived from India a few days ago. I've already soaked and planted everything. Now just to wait and hope I'm treated with some sprouts. I took pictures of all the seeds. I'm surprised how large some of them are!

Brazilian Tree Fern (Schizolobium parahybum)

 Royal Poinciana (Delonix regia) after scarring and soaking 24 hours, notice the two upper right seeds haven't swollen and are not ready to plant.

Tamarillo (Solanum betaceum syn. Cyphomandra betaceum) and Royal Poinciana

Screw Pine (probably actually Pandanus fascicularis)

Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia) - bottom packet


  1. I adore Royal Poincianas and Screw Pines!!!!! Good luck with all your lovely seeds!

  2. I sure hope they sprout. Very fun plants!

  3. Just thought I would share a short story on the Poinciana seeds. Back in the early 1980's we were on Sanibel Island in Florida. My parents and grandparents, that were with us, have loved the Poinciana trees for years. So they had me jump out of the car and grab quite a few seed pods. Well, apparently, those seed pods were put into a coffee can and placed in a VERY hot tin shed in the back-yard of my Grandparent house in Dundee Florida. There they sat until a couple years ago. My mother found them and decided to plant them. Well, several trees sprouted, enough that my mother did not have enough room to keep them, so she started giving them away. Today I got a FB post showing me the flowers that are starting to bloom from one of those seeds that were collected almost 30 years ago. Obviously, these seeds are very resilient!

  4. That is very impressive. The outer coat of these seeds are insanely hard. It took a lot of time and effort to scar them but it will be well worth it.


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