Berries that stay green?

DdruckFebruary 11, 2014

In the years that I had no inclination to germinate seeds, my plants flowered and formed green pod that turned red.

Now that I want to germinate seeds, I haven't seen a red pod in years....(the stems atrophy and I just clip the whole mess off).

So, I've got a group of green pods, now ~10 months old. Any suggestions? thanks.

This post was edited by Ddruck on Tue, Feb 11, 14 at 14:21

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I think you just need to have a little more patience with them. They'll turn.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 4:27PM
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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

I think they've had long enough to be mature. Why don't you pull one off and peel off the outer layer to see how the seeds look? If they are hard (can't be squashed) and shiny, you're good to go. Generally, they are mature enough after six months even if the color hasn't changed. I've opened green berries like that and found one or more seeds that have already sprouted.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 9:43AM
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Hi Ddruck,

I've also experienced my berries staying green for well over a year. I don't think it is necessary for them to turn red, as long as they have had enough time to mature, as Ohiofem stated. I would definitely try peeling, cleaning and preparing one of the berries and try germinating the seed. I've been growing clivias from seed now for over 10 years and I have some plants that take over a year before they turn red or yellow.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 11:58PM
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I was just speaking to someone last night who told me she took a red berry and put in in the fridge for a week or so and just stuck it in some potting soil watered and it is starting to grow. It will not happen overnight but it took. I have sprouted seeds by peeling outer layer and sanitizing seeds, however this seems much easier. I have one that bloomed this spring and will give it a try. Best wishes in your endeavors. Let me know if it works for you.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 9:15AM
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