Collecting Seeds from Red Quill

FshyPlnts(5, 6)October 30, 2011

Hey all,

I have a red quill bromiliad and I was wondering how to harvest the seeds from it. It produced a flower a long while ago, and it seems to be drying out. I was wondering if there was a good way to extract the seeds from it? Thanks all!

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bromeliaddict(z6 MI)

If it is from a Tillandsia, it will develop a seed capsule that will split when it is ripe. The seeds have "parachutes" attached sort of like dandelion seeds, and are distributed by the wind. If the inflorescence is drying and you don't see signs of a capsule developing, it's possible (even likely) that the plant did not set seed.
If you know the specific name of the plant, that may prove to be very helpful.

Paul

    Bookmark   October 30, 2011 at 5:15PM
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RainforestGuy

You mean Tillandsia Pink Quill?
They make seed pods that split open and the seeds with feathery parachutes are produced. Flowers must be pollinated before seeds are produced.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 1:45AM
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