Adeniums forum→Seed pod help....

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Jsteele99
Jul 22, 2018 7:45 PM CST
I noticed these seed pods on my Adenium and only just figured out what they are. I'm guessing the plumeria next to them pollinated it. How long does it usually take for the seeds to be ready? I noticed one is starting to turn red. I've read suggestions of wrapping them in plastic wrap, wire or pantyhose to catch the seeds. When should I prepare to catch them and which method works best?
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Name: James
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deepsouth
Jul 25, 2018 1:58 PM CST
Hello,

I am new to this forum ...but believe I can help

Adenium seed pods require about 70 days to mature ... after 70 days, the pods will begin to split open - within 5-7 days the hulls begin to turn themselves inside out ..... or outwards ...

To catch the seed ... those net like bags, that red potatoes or avocados come in work great

I have had seedpods from 3" to as long as 9" ...with an average around 5"

Seed pod shape resembles a fresh green-bean - color at maturity resembles speckled butter-beans or purple pea hulls ...or, multi colored

Hope that is helpful

James
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plantmanager
Jul 25, 2018 2:10 PM CST
Most Adeniums do not self pollinate, so do you have any other Adeniums nearby? I don't believe a Plumeria can pollinate an Adenium. James has given you good advice on your seed pods. Congratulations!
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Aashna
Jul 25, 2021 10:51 AM CST
deepsouth said:Hello,

I am new to this forum ...but believe I can help

Adenium seed pods require about 70 days to mature ... after 70 days, the pods will begin to split open - within 5-7 days the hulls begin to turn themselves inside out ..... or outwards ...

To catch the seed ... those net like bags, that red potatoes or avocados come in work great

I have had seedpods from 3" to as long as 9" ...with an average around 5"

Seed pod shape resembles a fresh green-bean - color at maturity resembles speckled butter-beans or purple pea hulls ...or, multi colored

Hope that is helpful

James



@deepsouth
Seedpod in my plant is purple in color . Is it mature ? Do I need to tie now or wait.
Color of the seedpod is green- purple - brown ?

Name: James
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deepsouth
Jul 25, 2021 11:29 AM CST
not quite -
wait for a split - or narrow crack/opening to appear lengthwise along the pod (then its mature & ready to open)....at first the split may only be half or less the length of the pod ....the split lengthens, then part of the pod begins to "peel-back" ....releasing the seed

this all happens fairly slow: not minutes or hours ...but several days

tying may hinder the process and may even slow it down ....
instead of tying - find plastic mesh or net bags that are often used for grocery foods, red potatoes, nuts, avocados ....then slip each opening pod into a mesh bag and secure at pod stem or further down the plant

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Aashna
Jul 26, 2021 3:13 AM CST
deepsouth said:not quite -
wait for a split - or narrow crack/opening to appear lengthwise along the pod (then its mature & ready to open)....at first the split may only be half or less the length of the pod ....the split lengthens, then part of the pod begins to "peel-back" ....releasing the seed

this all happens fairly slow: not minutes or hours ...but several days

tying may hinder the process and may even slow it down ....
instead of tying - find plastic mesh or net bags that are often used for grocery foods, red potatoes, nuts, avocados ....then slip each opening pod into a mesh bag and secure at pod stem or further down the plant



@deepsouth

Will wait for the split. Checking daily. This is first time I will be harvesting seeds. Beautiful nature 🥰

I have already secured a mesh bag. Will cover the seed and tie towards the stem as you suggested . Won't tie the pod.

This mesh bag idea is wonderful Thumbs up

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Wildbloomers
Aug 8, 2021 5:14 PM CST
@deepsouth. I have been using pvc coated phone wire (about 24 gauge) wrapped loosely around the seed pods for years with never a failure. Here in central Florida a ripened seed pod can go from starting to change color to open overnight. I can't check them every day and those mesh bags are difficult for me to tie around a long seed pod. I don't put the wire on until the seed pod stops growing longer. You can see a shadow on the seed pod from the wire because it is loose. Neither end is attached to anything, it only stays on because the ends are narrower than the center.
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GigiPlumeria
Aug 12, 2021 8:58 PM CST
Jsteele99 said:I noticed these seed pods on my Adenium and only just figured out what they are. I'm guessing the plumeria next to them pollinated it. How long does it usually take for the seeds to be ready? I noticed one is starting to turn red. I've read suggestions of wrapping them in plastic wrap, wire or pantyhose to catch the seeds. When should I prepare to catch them and which method works best?
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@Jsteele99 any update?
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