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Seeds from Jatropha podagrica

Posted by Pieter1762 Sint Maarten (Dutch (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 18, 14 at 22:27

I have about 5-6 seeds, which I kept from approx. 1986-1987 (about 27 to 28 yrs old!). My question is: Is it possible that these seeds can still be planted and a J. podagrica can grow out of it? What do I need to do? Do I need to soak them in warm water first before planting them? I had them covered up and they still feel hard.

(Btw, I never knew it was called the "Buddha Belly" Plant).
I always thought these plants were highly poisonous. I had one in Holland around that time (see above yrs), it bloomed and made seeds......indoors!! (Although my room was pretty cold, no central heating!)

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RE: Seeds from Jatropha podagrica

I've grown this plant from seed (fairly easy), but 28-year-old seed might be a little tougher (!).

If there's a hard seed coat that can be nicked/chipped, then soaking seed in warm water for at least 24 hours might be beneficial.

Earlier this winter I germinated some Sesbania tripeti seed from 1999 that way.

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