The Q&A Archives: Growing Tabebuia from seeds

Question: I have a tabebuia tree that is very young, only about two feet tall. It has flowered once and now has leaves on it. It also has a seed pod on it. I would like to harvest the seeds to plant. Should I leave it on the tree? I am afraid that it will come open and the seeds will fly away. Any suggestions?

Answer: Tabebuia seeds are ready to germinate when the seedpods turn brown and start to open. I would harvest the seed pod now that it is brown. Open the pod, remove the seeds and just cover the seeds lightly with moistened potting soil. In a few weeks they will sprout. The new trees may show some variability as they reach flowering size, but most are similar to the parent. Good luck with your project!

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