obtaining seeds from violet plants

nature_lover22December 13, 2009

I have one violet that appears to have produced a "seed head" on several blooms. I am experienced with saving seeds and planting them from other flowers; however I have never had an african violet bloom that produced (what appears to be) a seed pod. With the other pods, I waited until the pod dried and tried to look/obtain some tiny seeds. About one week ago, I planted what I thought to be the seeds. I don't think I will have success with these. There is one more seed pod maturing. I would love to be able to grow a few violets from my own seeds.

Any suggestions?


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A week is not enough time to allow germaination for AV seeds. Keep the growing medium damp but not 'wet', put in bright light (not sun), temps that are comfortable for you, and wait. And wait. And wait. Speedy germination is about 3 weeks. I'v had seeds sprout as long as 4 months.

For your seed pod, let it mature and stay on the plant until shrivelled, then remove. If you wish to store it you can put it in an airtight container like a small jar, and keep in the refer for a year.

The seeds are almost like dust they are so tiny.

Good luck and keep us posted.


    Bookmark   December 13, 2009 at 12:25PM
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Thank you! I can be very patient!

    Bookmark   December 13, 2009 at 1:23PM
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I had the same thing happen, I saved the seed, but haven't tried starting them yet. I think I'll try mine in spring, as I keep a cold house in winter. It's from a named violet hybrid too, so I'd love to see it's progeny.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2009 at 10:54AM
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sewwht(5 NE)

Is a seed pod on an AV really rare, or haven't I looked close enough? About how big is the pod? I'm going to keep a look out for one.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2009 at 12:52AM
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It is winter here in Turkiye actually the same season as Newyork. But i am lucky to propagate from seed. I use a green house made from a plastic shoe box. There is a scanner transparancy adapter :) on it with a timer for obtaining automatic 12 hours of light. High humidity and more. Wait for just 8 days for the seed to open. There are are some pictures of mine for you in my blog. I am propagating from seed and i took macro photographs of them. If you have more questions i will answer. Do not hesitate to ask.


    Bookmark   December 17, 2009 at 10:57AM
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More photos of my dry and fresh seed and fruit of african violet. I guess i took the best photos of this subject because i could not find better on the net till now.


    Bookmark   December 17, 2009 at 11:03AM
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Those are great pictures Koray! When I decided to make a cross I couldn't find many photos at all of pods, seeds, and seedling growth stages.

Sewwht, African Violets don't readily self-pollinate. Sometimes they do if the reproductive parts grow into each other. Usually the plants depend on critters (like thrips) for pollination, so if you see pods, check for thrips! It's easy to pollinate flowers yourself. Here's one site with instructions: http://www.grownotes.com/hybridizing-african-violets/

After your seeds mature there are a number of ways to grow them. Below is a link for one photo-illustrated how-to site.

I think it's really exciting to grow from seeds because of the surprise of seeing what the flowers finally look like.

Nature Lover22, please let us know once you see sprouts!

Here is a link that might be useful: Janet's Low-Tech Method for Starting African Violets from Seed

    Bookmark   December 17, 2009 at 1:42PM
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