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Candysayshi
Dec 11, 2017 4:36 AM CST
Hi,
I've got seed pods growing on my elephant ears, I cut two off but I think I cut them off too early, they have tiny green pods. I have dried them for a few days. What's the next step? How do I get the seeds out?
I've got another three pods on the plant still, when do I cut those off?
Thanks
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Christine
Dec 11, 2017 7:31 AM CST
I think you were supposed to let them dry on the plants, hopefully I'm wrong and other members will correct me, as they often do, thats what I love about this forum Thumbs up

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purpleinopp
Dec 12, 2017 8:48 AM CST
Hi & welcome! Elephant ear refers to so many different kinds of plants. Do you know the botanical name of your plant? The seeds would probably be red when ripe.

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Candysayshi
Dec 13, 2017 3:23 PM CST
Thanks for replying Christine and purpleinopp.
Someone said it was Alocasia.
Do I strip the cover off the pods like the pictures you sent and let them dry like that on the plant or leave it as it is?

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Christine
Dec 14, 2017 7:20 AM CST
I'd say leave them on the plant, we'll see what Tiffany says Green Grin!
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purpleinopp
Dec 15, 2017 1:48 PM CST
Happy to suggest for your investigation. That is gorgeous! I am not at all equipped to give advice in that regard, or equipped to ID your plant. Maybe @eclayne might know, or might know who might know. Best luck!
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plantladylin
Dec 15, 2017 1:56 PM CST
Your plant does look like an Alocasia, possibly Upright Elephant Ear (Alocasia 'Calidora') or
Upright Elephant Ear (Alocasia 'Portora')

Information in the database states: Remove seed from berry which contains chemicals that inhibit germination. Viability declines if seeds are allowed to dry. Soak overnight in distilled water and plant.
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eclayne
Dec 15, 2017 2:47 PM CST

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Candysayshi said:Do I strip the cover off the pods like the pictures you sent and let them dry like that on the plant or leave it as it is?

You can remove the cover (bottom of the spathe) to get a better look at the berries. The berries must be allowed to mature before you remove them from the plant. You'll know they're ripe when they turn red or orange.

A screen strainer works well to gently mash the berries to get at the seeds. Mash/rinse all of the berry pulp off of the seeds. Chemicals in the pulp inhibit germination which helps in seed dispersal by various insects. Soak the seeds overnight in distilled water and plant right away. I've used tap water which has worked well for me but distilled water is safest.

P.S. That's a great looking Alocasia but I'm not sure which one.

P.P.S. Can you take a picture of the bloom on the plant?
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Candysayshi
Dec 17, 2017 11:39 PM CST
Excellent, thanks so much everyone!!

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ChelleyBean
May 23, 2018 6:49 AM CST
I have read through these threads a couple times and am still unsure if my seed pod is ready to be removed. Help!
Candysayshi said:Hi,
I've got seed pods growing on my elephant ears, I cut two off but I think I cut them off too early, they have tiny green pods. I have dried them for a few days. What's the next step? How do I get the seeds out?
I've got another three pods on the plant still, when do I cut those off?
Thanks
Candice
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Candysayshi
May 23, 2018 11:28 PM CST
ChelleyBean said:I have read through these threads a couple times and am still unsure if my seed pod is ready to be removed. Help!



I'm still unsure when to take the seed pods off. I gave up and just left them on the tree 🤷‍♀️

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