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What to do with seeds??

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

I have an Adenium that has 3 seed pods on it....are these things worth any money? Should I sell them on Dave's Marketplace?

And do the pods open all by themselves so I could harvest them?

Pam

Plumiedelphia, PA(Zone 7a)

place tape around them or theyll pop everywhere
You can sell them or plant them.
I plant all of mine always looking for the dwarfs and variegateds.
Iuse the rest for grafting stock.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

What do you mean place tape around them? Tape the pod so it cannot open? Place tape so as to catch falling seeds?

Pop? Does it just burst open one day? Or are there signs? How long does the pod remain a pod? One month? Six months? Does it open gradually?

Pam

Plumiedelphia, PA(Zone 7a)

The best answer is to encase the pod in a piece of nylon stocking.
I dont know how long till it pops but when it does they go everywhere.
Nylon stocking = u win ;)

Valrico, FL(Zone 9b)

The best value is to used them for grafting stock, or trading. Adenium in general do not bloom true from seed, so you can't really say you are bidding on seeds of a particular Adenium, though if you look on Ebay, many sellers pain a different picture. You can say what the seeds parentage is, but shouldn't make claims as to how the seeds will produce.

The seeds have tufts of silk like hair on one end, When the pods burst open, they'll fly away. Something like panty hose will keep them in place. As you become more familiar with the pods, you can harvest them manually a couple of days before they burst. Each pod is different, but when it starts turning towards a shade of brown, you can remove the pod, and open it manually. Each pod contains about 32 seeds MOL.

Chris

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Thank you all for your advice.

I found someone local who wants the seeds and will trade plumeria for them.....whoo hoo!

Valrico, FL(Zone 9b)

That's a win win for everyone.

Chris

Plumiedelphia, PA(Zone 7a)

I got 4 variegated seedlings from 80 seeds off a variegated parent ;)
6 others look to be dwarfed.
there is so much excitement when growing seeds.
My only regret/problem is that ive outgrown my 'hobby' status and need a nursery now lol!
Chris, wanna rent me a parcel?

Valrico, FL(Zone 9b)

I'm running out of room my self. I only use 1/3rd of the acre for production, and am told I have to keep something that resembles a yard.

You should have seen my trying to rush out of my Hibiscus supplier's place, so I could get home before Gretchen, and get 600+ Hibiscus on the ground so it looked like they've always been there.

:-)

Chris

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

That's quite a trick, Chris. If you succeeded I'd like to learn how you did it. My DH is getting far to good at noticing how many plants I have.

Jackie

Valrico, FL(Zone 9b)

During peak season I'll have about 15000 plants on the ground. Sneaking 600 in usually isn't hard. Sneaking them out of the truck, is.

:-)

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

Wow! I usually only have 50 - 60 plants. I can only bring in so many when the weather gets too cold.

Plumiedelphia, PA(Zone 7a)

cold in AZ? really?
I have over 500 pots to bring inside each fall starting NOW!
Back out in the end of May

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

Just out of curiosity, Malestrom, where do you have room for over 500 pots? I think I'm jealous. We do get cold weather here, even in central Phoenix. The year before last temps dropped to 28 degrees, briefly. It seems like about every 5-6 years we get a hard frost or even a freeze. I moved everything inside that I could - hoyas, plumies, some adeniums, some pachypodiums, various cacti, several of my stapelia collection, etc... For the rest I used my usual method of making a temporary 'greenhouse' (my husband callis it my ghetto greenhouse) with candles that ususally sufficed, but didn't count on wind blowing hard enough to tear plastic and blow out my candles (first time for everything, as it is said). I lost 3 large adenium obesums, a couple of brugs, several stapelias, a few dats, large pachypodium lamerii (sp.?). It was painful. My Moringa trees died back to the ground. They did grow back from the roots, however I didn't get any seeds last year. I got quite a few this year. I have a Moringa droughardii (sp.?) that I planted (about 4 years ago) to see the caudiciform type trunk and it is still trying to recover.

Plumiedelphia, PA(Zone 7a)

I keep my blooming plants and sensitive ones in the living room
I place the ones that can handle dormancy in the basement.
The rest are scattered around the house in every room on shelves in windows wherever there isnt something else lol!
Stacking pots helps a lot too. ;)

Wilmington, DE(Zone 7a)

Do the Adenium seed pods turn brown before they POP seeds everywhere? I also have 3 of them, still green but maybe I should get the nylon stockings now?

Valrico, FL(Zone 9b)

Some do and some don't. My eye has become pretty good, and I usually harvest them before they burst, but if you're new to them, putting them on earlier is the way to go.

Chris

Wilmington, DE(Zone 7a)

Thanks, Chris!

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