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sooperken

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Requesting tips for germinating Spondias seeds
« on: September 29, 2023, 12:33:11 AM »
Hello fruit experts...

I've tried some techniques for germinating SPONDIAS:  pre-soaking, sand papering the seeds (I read an article online), heat pads, humidity domes, sunlight, etc.
Airy potting mix with perlite and vermiculite... also tried the seed on top of the soil, covered with perlite.
I have had no success... I thought maybe all the Spondias seeds on Tradewinds were old and unviable; but I also purchased seeds from other sources and had similar results.

How many months should I wait for germination, before disposing of the seeds?
It's difficult to tell if they are alive or rotten, since they are so woody & dense.

Can anybody offer up suggestions or tips for germinating SPONDIAS?

Much appreciated!
-sooperKEN 


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Re: Requesting tips for germinating Spondias seeds
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2023, 10:58:22 AM »
I know this isn't what you asked, but it seems these grow very easily from cuttings and rooted cuttings are readily available for low prices, you might have better luck that way.

I tried germinating these seeds once and none grew.  I think I remember looking into it afterwards and the consensus seemed to be that they are really hard to sprout.  I ended up buying a rooted one and it grows like a weed.

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Re: Requesting tips for germinating Spondias seeds
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2023, 12:21:07 PM »
It depends on the spondias. The spondias we call jocote, I think that is s. purpurea is grown from cuttings here in CR.  Spondias mombin does germinate and starts all over the place as a volunteer on my farm.
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Re: Requesting tips for germinating Spondias seeds
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2023, 05:04:58 PM »
Did you order the spondias bahiensis seeds from bellamy like me? Fruit look super tasty! Says they ship in humid vermiculite so they could stay in the bag until they make progress I would think. Just watch out for molding in the bag.

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Re: Requesting tips for germinating Spondias seeds
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2023, 03:50:49 PM »
Hey Brian,

I agree, they are difficult to germinate... most of the rarer species/cultivars I found online are only available as seeds...
I might have to trade scions with spondias collectors.

Timbogrow,

Good suggestion... I will try that with some seeds next time.


Thanks!

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Re: Requesting tips for germinating Spondias seeds
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2023, 05:50:13 PM »
Ah, I didn't realize there was such variety.  If you have success, you can sell the rare type cuttings :)

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Re: Requesting tips for germinating Spondias seeds
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2023, 09:02:04 AM »
I found Yellow Mombin germinates quite easily. But I brought maybe 30 purple Mombin seeds from Costa Rica and for three months none germinated. That one grew and continues to grow like crazy. I'm very happy about hat as it is unknown here in Uganda.

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Re: Requesting tips for germinating Spondias seeds
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2023, 01:52:32 PM »
Spondias dulcis, aka Jobos or June plum are propagated by cuttings or airlayers quite easily.  I got a nice sized dwarf tree in a 25 gallon pot, puts out loads of fruit each year.