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pride of barbados (caesalpinia pulcherima)

Vashon, WA(Zone 8a)

Anyone have any luck starting these seeds? I got some in a seed swap, and nicked and soaked them and they have swelled up nicely, but no root and no cotyledons. Some of the seeds are rotting. My guess is they need more heat? Please give me any tips.

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

I've gotten them to germinate pretty easily...I'm pretty sure I soaked them overnight in warm water, then put them in seed starting mix and threw them under lights on a heat mat. I'm not sure if they'll germinate without the heat mat or not, but since they're semi-tropical I think they'll definitely germinate better with the heat.

Port Saint Lucie, FL(Zone 9b)

I have done well with mine. Soaked them in filters for a while until saw roots, then planted it up, placed on heat mat and let her go for a while. here she is this past September

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West Palm Beach, FL

It should not be necessary to nick these seeds. I do agree with soaking them, and I usually get 100% germination with this species. My experience has been that legumes in general tend to germinate well without much fuss.

Bluffton, SC(Zone 9a)

You know that you shouldn't nick the tip of the seed right? I was 4 for 5 with starting POB seeds this spring, no heating pad but room temps over 70. Quick to sprout if I remember right.

Raleigh, NC(Zone 8a)

I just received some of these seeds, and would love successful germination. Could someone please post their "for dummies" version of how they successfully germinated them and have gotten them growing? Time of year, how long soaking in water, how long on the coffee filters, when transferred to soil (what type is best?), etc. I'd be most appreciative! I had these when I lived in Arizona, and loved them, and would love to have them again to remind me a bit of my home there. Thanks much!

~~ Jennifer

Fremont, CA

I put the seeds in wet coffee filter ad put the filter in the ziplog bag for a few days until they start to shoot out root. I saw about 70-80% grwoing roots. I just put those in the pottig soil. Will see how they go.

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