OMG - I think I have my first seed pod!

OMG - I think I have my first seed pod!

Postby florasandi » January 12th, 2012, 5:32 pm

I am so excited. I have been trying to create seeds all year with no success. Finally, I gave up (well, most of my plants have finished flowering). Then I discover this:

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It is about 2 months old already. Does anyone know how long I will have to wait for the seed? How do you know when it is ready?

I am now terrified to touch this plant in case I spoil it! :roll:

The plant growing this pod is Coral Sparkle Trail http://forum.african-violet.eu/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=896and the pollen was donated by Mac's Just Jeff http://forum.african-violet.eu/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=491.

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Re: OMG - I think I have my first seed pod!

Postby Laci » January 12th, 2012, 5:52 pm

Wow!
As I know it can take up tp 6 months to rippen.

If the pendicule become dry just cut it off with a sciccor and put the seed pod into a paper bag. If it is opens then all the seeds will remain in the bag.
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Re: OMG - I think I have my first seed pod!

Postby avisrapax » January 16th, 2012, 5:27 pm

Good luck! I've also got a cross at the moment involving Mac's Just Jeff (it seems to be a very fertile plant!) with a pink trailer so I can't wait to see what comes up for you =D
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Postby admin » January 16th, 2012, 6:02 pm

Welcome avisrapax!
Are you also growing violets? :)
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Re: OMG - I think I have my first seed pod!

Postby florasandi » January 17th, 2012, 12:23 am

avisrapax wrote:Good luck! I've also got a cross at the moment involving Mac's Just Jeff (it seems to be a very fertile plant!) with a pink trailer so I can't wait to see what comes up for you =D


Excellent! It will be very exciting to see how they turn out! happy03:

Will you post pictures?
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Postby avisrapax » January 20th, 2012, 10:27 pm

Of course! =)
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Re: OMG - I think I have my first seed pod!

Postby florasandi » January 22nd, 2012, 5:51 pm

Update: the seed pod has looked the same for weeks. But over the past few days its stem has started to wither. Here is what it looks like:

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Re: OMG - I think I have my first seed pod!

Postby Valkiria » January 23rd, 2012, 12:55 am

Great seed pod! Cannot wait to see the seeds!
You also hope to obtain a trail? Coral Sparkler Trail is with fantasy, and fantasy is a dominant characteristic, as I know. :)
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Re: OMG - I think I have my first seed pod!

Postby florasandi » January 23rd, 2012, 1:28 am

To be honest, I had no other goal than simply trying to see if I could create seeds. I just attempted to pollinate what was in flower at the time. This was the only successful result. Now I hope to see if I can successfully create little plants.

I have no idea where I will put any plants that might result - every windowsill is already full! :o
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Re: OMG - I think I have my first seed pod!

Postby avisrapax » January 23rd, 2012, 4:27 am

*Fingers crossed* I hope you get some good viable seeds out of that pod! happy03:
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Postby florasandi » January 26th, 2012, 2:15 am

Three days later. The pod is still on the plant. I don't know when (or if) I should take it off the plant. I have put a bit of paper underneath in case it falls off or splits open.

I do hope there are seeds inside!

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Re: OMG - I think I have my first seed pod!

Postby Valkiria » January 26th, 2012, 10:46 am

Florasandi, I understood that Avisrapax took off the seed pot and dried it out few days more, and then opened it.
Read his topic again, maybe you will find some tips and advises. Or maybe someone else could write about his/her experience.
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Re: OMG - I think I have my first seed pod!

Postby Laci » January 26th, 2012, 11:46 am

If the pendule is dry just take off your seed pod with a scissors.
Put it into a paper bag, and wait until the pod itself will be completly dry. Then you can open the pod.
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Re: OMG - I think I have my first seed pod!

Postby botan » January 26th, 2012, 4:02 pm

I don't want to kill your hopes florasandi, but I think there are no seeds in it and if there are I don't think they will be able to germinate, BUT do what the girls says, you may be lucky just don't expect much/anything. :(
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Re: OMG - I think I have my first seed pod!

Postby Laci » January 26th, 2012, 4:08 pm

I agree with botan. The seed pod should be more healthy looking, but you will see if there's any seed or not.
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Re: OMG - I think I have my first seed pod!

Postby avisrapax » January 26th, 2012, 6:38 pm

Yes - I took mine off and put it in a little cup with some cotton wool (to keep it dry and stop it falling out!) for ten days.

There's a good test, after that, to see if you have any viable seeds, btw - put them all on a piece of paper and very gently hold up one end - the ones which roll are likely to be viable, the ones which 'stick' to the paper are likely not. This is because viable seed should be round / ovoid and plump and thus able to roll =) (A tip I learned from a friend in the African Violet International group!).

Fingers crossed you get some seed! If not... try, try again =)
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Re: OMG - I think I have my first seed pod!

Postby botan » January 26th, 2012, 7:16 pm

And they must be light brown to brown. Once I sow black seeds and there were no germination...not even one seedling. :roll:
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Re: OMG - I think I have my first seed pod!

Postby florasandi » January 27th, 2012, 12:59 am

Yes, my seed pod is not looking too good, is it? :(

Never mind. I will dry it and see if there is anything inside. And there's always next time ... :D

I just have to wait for things to start flowering again! happy03:

Thank you all so much for sharing your thoughts. Much appreciated happy03:
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Re: OMG - I think I have my first seed pod!

Postby botan » January 27th, 2012, 1:36 am

Still you must be very proud of your self that you got so far! To produce viable seeds I think is the hardest thing in african violets... or I'm very unlucky guy. :lol:
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Re: OMG - I think I have my first seed pod!

Postby florasandi » February 6th, 2012, 2:23 am

So, after I read your comments, I took the pod off the plant, put it in a piece of paper and tucked it into a cupboard. And there it has been for a week and a half. Finally, tonight, I could resist no longer. I decided the pod looked dry enough - it was time to see if there was anything inside.

I sliced the pod open with a sharp blade and out fell lots of black specks! Trying not to get too excited, I tried the roll test described above. It is true that some did not roll easily ... but some did.

So now they have been sown. I put all of them in the pot: rollers and non-rollers alike. Now all I can do is wait ...
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