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NKYFLYFISHINGDIVA
May 1, 2018 3:29 PM CST
Hi! I am happy to say that my Fasciculata Air Plant flowered last year
and has now provided me with a head full of SEEDS. Since I almost
"deadhead" the thing last week, now in uncharted territory with how to
GROW air plants from seeds, can you please provide me with details/a
contact/source as to how to do this????
I live in Northern Kentucky and my air plants receive NORTHERN sun
exposure inside @ 55 - 73 degrees & watered every week & half
(overnight bath) I had these guys for 3 years now and this is the
first seeds that have been produced. I have "pups" off of the
different varieties I have, but the only flower if from Fasciculata
Air Plant and now the seeds. Please let me know ASAP how to cultivate
the seeds, and grow them. I do not want to lose this fabulous
opportunity!!
Thanks
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
May 2, 2018 6:34 AM CST
Hi and welcome to NGA!

Growing airplants from seeds is a long and arduous process involving years! Here is a link to the process.

http://www.fcbs.org/articles/D...
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NKY
NKYFLYFISHINGDIVA
May 2, 2018 8:18 AM CST
Thanks so much for this!!!
One question about "refrigerating the seeds" as suggested...How do I remove all the seeds?

Do I "dead head" it & put it in a tupperware container with a lid and put it in the refrigerator until I can build my substrate and sow my seeds correctly?
I can remove them with tweezers & put them in a clean lidded jar or a glassine envelope to capture them. I have attached a picture hereto of the seed head, but not sure if I clip it off or pull all the seeds out & then let the "husk" dry out/die off & fall off.

Thoughts?

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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Birds Cat Lover Greenhouse Tropicals Bulbs
Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus Hybridizer Garden Sages Butterflies
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Xeramtheum
May 2, 2018 11:51 AM CST
For seeds like that I first put the seed mass in a jar or container with a lid and shake the bajeebers out of it. that usually removes a lot of the seeds from the 'tails'. I use tweezers to get the rest off - hold the 'tail with the tweezers and pull the seeds off with your fingers or even cut them off - if you hold the seeds with the tweezers you risk crushing them. You can then put the seeds in a container or plastic bag with some paper towel to absorb any moisture that collects.
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NKY
NKYFLYFISHINGDIVA
May 2, 2018 3:34 PM CST
Thanks for such a prompt response!!
I figure I have nothing to lose if trying to sowing these since it is my first go! By far the easiest to grow. (I think I am the only person I know that can kill succulents.)

Have a great week!
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plantladylin
May 2, 2018 3:47 PM CST
Hurray! Congratulations on getting seeds from your Cardinal Air Plant (Tillandsia fasciculata) and best wishes on sowing them for new babies! I hope you will keep us posted on the process ... and I also hope you will consider adding a few photos to our database. We currently don't have any seed head/seed photos so your photo would be awesome ... and if your seeds do germinate and sprout, photos of babies would be welcome too!
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