What's this?

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My elderly aunt has sent me these seed pods.  Does anyone know what they might be, please?  She says the "tree" grows to about 10' with sword like leaves.  Flowers are black /red.  Should I plant them and see what I get? image

Last edited: 05 October 2017 11:47:56

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 20,284

    They look like Phormium seeds, and from the description, that sounds like what you have there.

    I'm not sure how quickly they come from seed, and they may not come true to the parent plant, but have a go if you like - nothing to lose  image

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,277

    I have tried in the past to germinate the seeds.  The most success I achieved was in a heated bed in a GH.

    They did actually germinate but that was it.  It was many years ago so I can't remember exactly but they probably damped off.

    That was helpful wasn't it ? image 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 20,284
    philippa smith2 says:

    That was helpful wasn't it ? image 

    See original post

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    I think they'd need a good bit of heat and fairly dry conditions for a while to get anywhere. image

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

  • LuchrisLuchris Posts: 17

    Thank you to Fairygirl and Phillipa smith2 for replies.  

    I'll stick my Phormium seeds in some gritty compost in the greenhouse and see what happens!

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