Seeds?

Rocky351July 18, 2014

Hi, this is my first post on this site, so hopefully I'm doing it right!

One of my Sansevieria plants bloomed last year, and though I tried to have it pollinate itself, it failed. So this year, when both it and another Sansevieria bloomed at the same time (Well, close enough to work. The last blooms of one were on the same night as the first blooms of the other.) I decided to try crossing them. It's been a week and I have 6 little berries (or at least they look like berries) on one plant.

I was wondering if anyone has had luck germinating the seeds. I read a few posts like this yesterday, so I have an idea of what to do, but no one said if they had any germinate.

From what I read, I know the "berries" will change color, and when they're orange/red I should extract the seeds. Some say to scratch them with a nail file, others say to soak them overnight in hot water... I don't normally have luck with seeds, but I want to try with these. The two plants are different enough that I'm dying to know what the next generation will be like!

So, can anyone help me?

Thanks!

Rocky

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Stush2049(Pitts., Pa. 6)

Sounds like you got all good information. I would wait till the berries are almost ready to fall off before cleaning them and drying them. I soak my seeds in very warm water with root tone added in, for one day. Nicking them will help and still soak them. Even two days are ok. Plant on top the soil and keep covered. Some times the root seems to grow sideways instead of down. A little help is ok. Don't transplant until you see two true leaves form. Take pictures and keep us posted. What is the other plant look like?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 3:45PM
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Rocky351

Thanks for the reply.

Just to make sure I understand, I should nick them and soak them in warm water for 24-48 hours?

I'll keep this updated. Any idea how long they will take to ripen?

The picture is of the father.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 6:36PM
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Stush2049(Pitts., Pa. 6)

Could take up to 9 months or some times sooner. Both plants look to be futura. One variegated and the other robusta. Both are cultivars and the seeds could produce anything in the trifasciata group, but would mostly be what you have already.
Nicking them helps them to absorb water and helps to split the seed casing. So a nick and a soak is getting a good start on growing. The seeds will be white about the size of a small pea. You can get up to 3 seeds to a pod. Mostly 2. It will remind you of corn sprouting.
Stush

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 9:46AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Fantastic that you had 2 blooming at the same time! Very cool work with the pollination.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 6:43AM
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Rocky351

Two of the berries are now a bright orange. I think they look really pretty honestly. Should I pluck them off and pull the seeds out? Or should I wait until they fall off themselves?

Actually, one just fell off so I guess I'll be doing it tonight.

Does anyone else have suggestions of how to do it? I really want these to work!

    Bookmark   September 24, 2014 at 11:26AM
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woodnative(6)

I just removed the seed from the berry, rinsed and planted in cactus media. I only had two seeds........not sure what happened to the other but the one is growing fine..........a little parva.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2014 at 1:36PM
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Stush2049(Pitts., Pa. 6)

Woodnative,
My guess is you got a regular green parva. The seed pod must be variegated to get a variegated plant. So I have been told. My Clivia seeds came from variegated pods but only got one out of 10 variegated. But I am happy to get at least one. Come december I'll try again and give the green Clivia away. They should be the orange flower type. I have two yellow ones that will not flower.
Stush

    Bookmark   September 24, 2014 at 1:54PM
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Rocky351

I only have normal potting soil at the moment. Will that work okay? If so, should the seeds be buried or just lightly pressed into the soil? And how moist should it me?

I know I'm asking a lot of questions, but I really want these to turn out. I already have them soaking!

    Bookmark   September 26, 2014 at 6:18PM
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woodnative(6)

I think as long as it is in contact with the soil it will be ok......lightly pressed into the surface but not buried too deep. I would make the potting medium slightly moist. You can put the whole thing into a Ziploc bag or similar........something to keep the little bit of moisture in (as long as it is not too moist) which will aid in germination, and gradually introduce to the outside air once it get growing which may take a bit.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2014 at 11:38AM
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mfyss

It took just one month for a S. cylindrica seed to sprout. As a few other species were in bloom at the same time, I am interested in seeing what develops. Yale

    Bookmark   October 17, 2014 at 11:34AM
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mfyss

This seedling of S. cylindrica is almost 2 months old and stands one inch high. It will be interesting watching it change its form. Yale

    Bookmark   December 11, 2014 at 5:08PM
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