Anthurium coriaceum seed

plantsplus_qldJuly 30, 2010

I have a plant of what I think is A. coriaceum which has produced seed. Unlike other soft aroid seed which I have been able to grow without problem, this seed is very hard. I have soaked it and cleaned it thoroughly but after 2 weeks there is no sign of germination, and some mould is starting. I have treated the mould.

Is there some other treatment I need to use to initiate germination or special conditions required. It is sown on live sphagnum which has always worked ok before.

Thank you for any advice you can give.

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exoticrainforest

Anthurium seed need to be promptly and thoroughly washed to avoid infection and prolong viability. Otherwise they have a very short life.

There is a great article titled Growing Anthuriums from Seed
by Windy Aubrey found in The International Aroid Society Newsletter, Vol 31 No 1 - March,2009

I would try looking it up by the article title. The article is very thorough.

You should be able to download it from the IAS website. If not, drop me a note and I'll send you a copy.

Steve

Here is a link that might be useful: The International Aroid Society

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 6:06PM
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exoticrainforest

I found the direct link for you.

Steve

Here is a link that might be useful: Growing Anthuriums from Seeds

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 6:10PM
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exoticrainforest

I just checked the link and since I am a member of the IAS failed to consider that non-members may not be able to download all information. If anyone wants this article I have it in PDF format and will gladly forward it.

Dust drop a note: Steve@ExoticRainforest.com

The pulp of the berry is capable of preventing the seeds from pollinating if not removed. In nature that would be the job of a bird or rain forest animal that has ingested the fruit.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 7:11PM
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plantsplus_qld

Thanks Steve for the link. I am not a member of IAS but can probably access a copy at my library, now that I have the volume, issue number. I have been reading your posts and referring to your excellent and informative site ever since I got more interested in Anthuriums and Philos, which I use as understory planting in my garden. Have had no trouble germinating seed from A. barkeri and various un-named foliage a's but this one is not co operating. I might try an acid wash on some of them. Robyn

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 7:58PM
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exoticrainforest

I would discourage any acid Robyn.

Just use clean water with a drop of soap. I cleaned over 500 seeds from Anthurium pseudospectabile using this method last summer and gave many to growers. Over 400 went to a commercial growers in Florida and almost all are now growing.
If you can't find it at the library let me know. It is now on my desktop.

Steve

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 8:06PM
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plantsplus_qld

Thanks Steve, I have just collected some more off the plant, unfortunately the peduncle has been chewed and rotted so a lot probably wont mature - a case of not counting your chickens before they are hatched. I will use the soap and see how I go with this lot. Robyn

    Bookmark   August 2, 2010 at 9:41PM
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