Tropicals forum: Red Orchid Tree seeds

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Name: Ibis
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IbisFla
Oct 18, 2016 10:03 AM CST
I have a Red Orchid Tree (Bauhinia galpinii) that has a couple of seed pods on it. Does anyone know when the seeds would be ready to plant? The pods are green right now, so I assume that they need to "ripen" a bit.

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 18, 2016 10:29 AM CST

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I believe the seed pods are like the Bird of Paradise pods. They are ripe when the pods turn dark brown and begin to harden. You need to watch them because if they dry out, they will pop and seeds fly everywhere. That's how they get their reputation for being invasive.
Name: Ibis
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IbisFla
Oct 18, 2016 10:44 AM CST
Is Bauhinia galpinii the same as Bauhinia variegata? B.Variegata is listed as invasive in Florida, but not B.galpinii. I don't want anything too overly aggressive, especially if it's non-native.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 18, 2016 11:51 AM CST

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They are different, but both still produce seeds from pods that pop, then curl to fling the seeds out. You can cover the pods you have with net bags. Just don't pull the pods off before they dry because the seeds won't be matured to germinate.
Name: Ibis
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IbisFla
Oct 18, 2016 1:08 PM CST
Thanks, Sandi! I'll keep an eye on them Thumbs up
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 18, 2016 2:42 PM CST

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@IbisFLA. I wrote "Bird of Paradise" when I meant to write "Pride of Barbados" in my answer above. Confused
If you go to the Plant Database, there are a couple of photos of the Pride of Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) seed pods that have popped and curled.
I usually pick mine off as I'm heading out to run errands, throw them in the car, and forget. The extreme Texas heat dries the pods and they pop all over in the car!
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Oct 19, 2016 4:55 AM CST
B. galpinii is a beautiful small tree and I haven't found it to be invasive.
Name: Carter Mayer
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Carter
Oct 19, 2016 7:37 PM CST
I love b. galpinii. Beautiful little shrubby tree! Yes, you pods will turn brown when they ripen and than split open. I had one before I moved and loved it - haven't gotten one for my new(ish) home yet.

I haven't grown other bauhinia trees before, but my b. galpinii never did produce a ton of seed pods when I had it - and those it did produce didn't have many seeds. That may have been because it was younger, or maybe because there wasn't another b. galpinii to cross with to increase seed set, not sure.

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