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Name: Zack
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TheWitchBoy
Nov 3, 2017 7:24 PM CST
How long are Clorophytum Comosum (Spider Plant) seeds viable for? Everywhere I've looked has told me "plant them right away or soon" and, well... all times are "soon" with Aslan. How long do Spidey Seeds last for? Could I mail them to a friend for their personal use without having to worry about seed viability?

Beyond viability -- can Spidey Seeds keep parent plant variegation? Some sources tell me "sometimes," while others tell me "never."
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sallyg
Nov 4, 2017 6:40 AM CST
I feel sure you could collect some seed and mail them and expect at least a few to sprout. Soon being something less than 'months' and it would be very cheap to try.
I don't know about the variegation question.
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DaisyI
Nov 4, 2017 10:26 AM CST
The longer your seeds have been harvested, the less viable they become. Send them to your friend fast and tell him to plant them the minute he gets them.

Seeds have all the genetic make-up of all their ancestors. The characterists displayed will vary from seed to seed. They could all look pretty much like their parents or they could all look completely different. The only assured way to get plants that look like the parent is to grow them from offsets.
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Name: Zack
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TheWitchBoy
Nov 4, 2017 3:21 PM CST
@sallyg I'm definitely considering a test of the seeds, because it's just so rare to find spiderplant seeds, and I think it might be fun, eventually, to offer some of mine to people. I love my spideys and I love propagating them, and having different ways of sharing spideys really appeals to me.

@Daisyl I'm thinking about performing viability tests, at some point, so try and ascertain how long spiderplant seeds remain viable. I'm very bad with keeping track of dates and stuff, so this kind of experiment would be pretty difficult for me to perform. But, hey, nothing worthwhile was achieved by intentionally avoiding hard work, right?

Thanks, to both of you, for the time you took in reading this, and for considering my questions, as well as for your answers. I really appreciate it! Thank You!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 4, 2017 5:41 PM CST
Make your experiment easy on yourself. Harvest your seeds and divide them into batches of at least 6 - 10 seeds. Plant the first set immediately and date them with a plastic tag.

Once a week, plant a new set and label them with the date. The first set will be your control group. If none of them germinate, the experiment is over. But as it probably will take a couple weeks to know that, you will be well into your experiment before you know its over. Smiling
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TheWitchBoy
Nov 5, 2017 4:09 PM CST
@Daisyl I've decided to give the experiment on viability a go. Thank you for the helpful ideas concerning keeping track of things!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 5, 2017 4:46 PM CST
Keep us posted. And remember, we love photos. Smiling
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Name: Zack
Upstate NY (Zone 5b)
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TheWitchBoy
Nov 5, 2017 4:57 PM CST

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Because I have some plastic containers from frozen foods, I figured I'd go ahead and use those for the experiment. So, half this container is my first group. I'll probably sow the second group in a few days (since I would rather like a bunch of spideys), then progress to weekly sowings, as suggested.

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