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« on: August 18, 2013, 10:09:08 »

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Can Tillandsia seed pod be harvested early? I have had pods on some species for over 1 year and still not showing any sign of turning brown or attempting to open. How long must one wait for the pods to open? Can they be forced to open? What are their natural triggers?

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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2013, 15:59:58 »

Some feedback.

As no one responded with info, I will post what I have done. If it works I will notify all, if not I will also let all know as to what not to do....

I did have a seed pod of Tillandsia gardenia pop open by itself. So on a daily basis I felt each pod. For about five days they all remained firmly attached to the spike. Then one pod became loose without starting to split. I removed it and cracked it in half, pulling out the seed bundle and spreading it out onto shade net trays. as more pods became loose I repeated the action. There are still about 12 pods to go.  The sseeds are kept in a makeshift greenhouse to keep the humidity high and the wind out.

And now I wait......

more to follow....someday.....

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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2013, 00:17:36 »

Conrad, it is always est to wait until the pods are either brown or splitting. An unripe seed does not have a dry, feathery 'parachute'. Instead, unripe seed will look sort of waxy and the tails all stick together.
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2013, 14:16:56 »

Cool Gonz, the ones I collected were all puffed up the moment they were removed from the capsules.

But got home today to find a few left over pods splitting open and seeds exposed, and the rest of the pods starting to split. I have removed the lot and sown them into shade net trays. Will keep and eye on them.

now I am waiting for some fasiculata and concolor pods to ripen.

Enjoy,

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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2013, 08:08:46 »

So now all the pods are sown and the seeds are (at least to my optimistic eye) swelling.  I have dated and tagged the trays. Now the waiting begins.

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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2013, 20:18:32 »

Great News.. My gardenii seeds are germinating by the 100's. I am  Grin Grin Grin Chuffed (re: Very, very excited)!
It only took a month for this. Daily spraying with water and keeping high humidity has paid off. We have had quite a lot of cloudy days here and the moment the sun is out I will get some pics taken...

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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2013, 23:58:38 »

That's great Conrad. Post some pics in, say, 5-7 years.  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2013, 01:48:38 »

I agree, I started some on screens and stuff and decided I didn't want to baby them for half a decade or more so I just wipe seeds on a tree and wish them luck. I have quite a few seedlings growing on my trees so I can't complain. I've actually started to thin out some of the better tree born grexes and glue them around in more places as well as giving them away.
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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2013, 13:40:15 »

While the process is painfully slow for most Tillandsias those Brazilian species invented the word "slow".
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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2013, 15:28:34 »

Thanks Gonz and 378. Your optimism is overpowering! I had to start. To delay is forever.

Here are the Baby pics so far.....I will have some more  later...much later!

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« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2013, 10:28:10 »

Now 31st October, the second stage leaves are visible! The rapid growth is mind-blowing!

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« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2013, 14:49:53 »

How often are they getting wet Conrad?
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« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2013, 05:09:16 »

Nice!  I seem to have good luck through that stage and maybe a third 'leaf'...but then after that they just sit there and stall for a while (at least for me).  Once I get my greenhouse up and going I will probably have better luck, but so far I've had mixed to poor results.  Keep them growing!
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« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2013, 07:27:31 »

Gonz, I am damping them down once a day. They are in a plastic tunnel with the rest of my other brom seedlings and a couple of orchids. It still seems a little dry for me, and my next idea is to put a heated bath in the tunnel to push up the humidity and cut down on the damping down.

sdandy I have now sown many other Till seeds and they are germinating at different speeds depending on the species. My own hybrids are still in the pod developing stage and I will start sowing some of those in a year or so. One of my personal problems is being addressed...Patients! I am earning the true meaning of that.


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« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2013, 08:02:36 »

Gonz, I have taken a few pictures of the seedling (?) house. I used to hand water, hence the seeds germinating in bands of clumped seeds, but after installing the misters, have not upset the seed trays at all. I have trays of water under the wire mesh floor that helps maintain humidity. It is this water I would like to heat and then cut down on misting.

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During misting for a few minutes a day.

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