Well who knew that Ruellia pops its seed pods open like popcorn and sprays them all around when they get wet! My neighbor told me of this phenomenon, so of course I had to run right home and test it out this morning. Lo & behold, after I sprayed the bush for a few seconds I started getting hit from all sides by these little projectiles! When I bought the bush last year at HD, a woman in line warned me about them and said I probably didn't want it because it was very invasive and spreads like wildfire. Not so much that I have seen, but it still hasn't been in the ground all that long. There are about three baby volunteers so far, but after todays popcorn attack I think there might be many more in my future!
Think about it. Getting plants for free. What more can you ask.
Transplant the seedlings someplace else or give them away or just pull them out. I wish mine will reseed more.
I love those plants that reseed themselves. I can never throw them away.
I try to find a place for them or I give them to my friends or neighbours.
In our harsh climate if it grows I keep it..
I noticed that one day... time after time as I watered I was wondering what the popping noise was... I sprayed the plant and bent down to watch... and tada... popping seeds... I also noticed that if I picked them and held them in my hand in summer that they'd pop from the moisture... that was a surprise... lol...
I hate the stuff! It is very invasive...it is even growing up through the rocks on my walkway in the back yard. I keep pulling it up but DH loves the beautiful purple flowers so I don't let him see me do it. It's supposed to be the new thing for kids to put the seed pods in their mouths and let them shoot out when they pot! Of course, kids are not too smart as it could go the other direction!
it is a great pretty little purple thing and does reseed with it's "popping" mechanism like crazy. the problem is whereever it springs up will need WATER. if you have a large space it is difficult to keep up with the watering needs. if anyone wants some come to my place - i have tons i could give away.
Now, I hear about Ruellia popping its seeds after getting
wet. It is 10:00 pm and way to late to check this out. I wish
my plants would spread like wild fire, I like the pretty purple
blooms. Free plants, and not weeds!
Kate, I'm on my way to your place for some pretty purple
plants. AND I'm dragging you back to see my kitchen.
Oh, my neighbor's cactus 'broke' the other day, so I've
plants pieces in my front yard. I serrated the bottom edges
a little before planting. Somewhere I heard or read about
doing this with octillo. I'd like to transplant some of my
mother's octillo. Want any? honey :)
p.s. the cactus may be some kind of night blooming thing.
We put santa hats on them in the winter...