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  • So this has come from my Magnolia tree... never seen one in all the previous years... At 1st I thought it was some kind of Tropical Lizard / Frog.... Any feedback much appreciated.... Obviously, I suspect seeds but the colour ....????
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 10,089
    Yes, magnolia seed pod with about 3 potentially viable seeds by the looks of it.  The swollen ones are those which had successful pollination.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,519
    To get the seeds to germinate, you need to soak them overnight in warm water to remove the soapy covering.
  • Many Thanks both... I will give it a go..... ;);)
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,519
    No heat required. Just watch out for rodents, they love the seeds.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 23,513
    Berghill, you are a treasure.  There's a row of gorgeous magnolias at the community hall where I go for patchwrork on Mondays and I've been wondering about gathering up some seeds and seeing if I can get anything to grow.  I know it wlill take a long time to get a flowering size tree but nothing ventured and all that.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,519
    The one I grew from seed got to about 3 feet tall before I managed to kill it, or I should say, extreme drought killed it. Grew about 3 inches a year if my memory serves me right.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 23,513
    Someone has cleaned them all up!  Plan B then.  Keep an eye out for more seeds elsewhere.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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