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Posted by Rocky351 Kentucky (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 18, 14 at 10:49

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?



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RE: Seeds?

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?

RE: Seeds?

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.

RE: Seeds?

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.

RE: Seeds?

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

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