Starting Strelitzia From Seed - Knowledgebase Question

Darnestown, MD
Question by ppincus1
January 7, 1999
My Strelitzia, which is growing in a pot, bloomed recently. I would like to collect the seeds and try to grow new plants. When should I cut the flower for the seeds, and what steps do I have to take to start the seeds?


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Answer from NGA
January 7, 1999

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Allow the flower to fade and the seed pod to dry out. Collect the seed from the pod, remove the seeds and allow them to dry for another week or so. The dry seed can then be stored for later planting.

When you are ready to plant, soak the seed for 2 or 3 days changing the water daily. Then sow seeds on the surface of a sandy medium and do NOT cover. They germinate best at 70-75 degrees, but may take 30-180 days to germinate.

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