Billbergia brasiliensis seed pods

karyn1(7a)November 23, 2012

This is a repost from a few days ago from the bromeliad forum. No responses there so I'm hoping that someone here can answer this for me.

"Hi. I have a Billbergia brasiliensis that has several seed pods. They've been developing for about 4 months but aren't yet ripe. I've opened a couple pods over the past few weeks and the seeds are a light orange color and sticky. When allowed to dry they've just shriveled up. How can you tell when a pod is ripe? TIA"

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kayjones(Mo6b)

Karyn, because I love you, I did some research and came up with this information - hope it helps:

Billbergia produces seed berries. They remain the
same color in most instances. Some, such as Billbergia
viridiflora, will change color. When the berries
become soft to the touch (perhaps I should say
squeeze) and remove easily, the seeds are ready to
harvest.

Here is a link that might be useful: Billbergia seed pod harvesting

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 8:47AM
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karyn1(7a)

Thank you so much for the info. I looked online and couldn't find anything. Now I just wish the damn things would ripen. The pods are still rock hard. Do you want any seed when they're ripe? I'll have loads of them. It's a beautiful brome when in bloom and the foliage isn't bad though I'm not the biggest brome fan. It doesn't get as messy looking as some of the others.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 9:03AM
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kayjones(Mo6b)

Thanks, Karen, but I have one of these - it hasn't set in pods, though.

Have you thought of/tried putting the seeds in a small paper bag (still on the plant)and put a cut apple in the bag with it? Ripening fruit releases ethylene gas, which hastens ripening fruits/seeds.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 5:18PM
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karyn1(7a)

The stem is long and the weight of the apple might break it. It's just sitting in the GH with everything else. I shouldn't be so impatient for the seeds to ripen anyway because I don't plan on starting any seeds or cuttings for several months.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 10:38AM
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kayjones(Mo6b)

Karyn, get a plastic bag, such as a newspaper comes in. Drop the cut apple in the bottom, rest it on something to relieve the stress on the stem, put the seed-bearing limb in the bag and lightly tie it shut.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 7:55AM
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karyn1(7a)

If the pods haven't ripened by the end of Feb I'll give it a try. I won't be starting seeds until early spring.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 6:38AM
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kayjones(Mo6b)

Let us know your success!

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 1:03PM
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RetiredFlorida(9)

Somebody did a good job waiting til they were just ripe because, all of em germinated!

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 11:40AM
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