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mandevilla from seeds

Posted by piksi_hk 9 (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 4, 06 at 16:16

Has anyone grown mandevilla from seeds? I've have them soaking in water right now. Thanks.


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RE: mandevilla from seeds

I dont have an answer for you, but would like to know if you got the seeds directly from the plant? I have a small one growing now on a trellis in my yard. I have cold winters so its not a perennial for me, but would love to save seed from it, if someone would tell me where they are on the plant. Spent blooms?


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Stormy- The seed pods are long bean-like pods about the size of a pencil, both in diameter and length. These split and give out lots of seeds, somewhat between catalpa and milkweed in appearance. The pods form on occasion, though rarely, as it requires a really different pollinator I think.

George


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Thank you George. I will keep my fingers crossed and my eyes open for the pods :)


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Wow u got seeds I have two huge mandevilla and I havent seen any seeds.Did your polllinate them to get your seeds?And what do the seed pods look like?Thx Angie


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Wish I did!! I have one growing but no seeds yet, IT has not even bloomed yet. If anyone has seeds I would love to know where to get them also


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I have grown them for 5 years, and only once have I ever had seed pods form (2 years ago). 2 pods were formed from one flower, and if you disect a flower you will see 2 seperate styles from which they form. After about 4 months, the pods started to brown and I picked them. They were about 6 inches long and 1/4 inch diameter, slightly curved. The seeds look like they might be air-borne for dispersal.

I have tried to pollinate them other times, but with the weird flower structure, you have to totally tear off the corolla of the flower to reach the anther and stigmas. Even then, the anthers clasp together over the top, so you might have to remove some of them to pollinate the flower.

George


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I get seed pods every year in the spring, before I ever get flowers. (I take the pot into the garage in the winter.) It could be that they grew from flowers that were on the plant in the fall when I put it into the garage, although that is a long time. It is in the garage from October to March, and I have seed pods that are opening now in May. And the flowers would not have gotten pollinated in the garage, so that would have happened before I put it in there. Has anyone had any success growing them from seed?


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Stormy~I live in where the winters are cold too. I just bring my mandevilla plant inside and treat it like a houseplant for the winter months. I cut it back till it's only about a foot tall. My Grandma does the same thing with hers. That would save you from having to start from seed, but that can be fun too.


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Ad me to the list of those that brings the plant inside come fall and treat it as a houseplant all winter long.
Mine is just within the last few weeks started to bloom like crazy.
I'd think because it naturally grows in a warmer/tropical type climate that seeds would be fairly easy to start. No hardening off of the seeds needed. Just good rich soil kept moist but not wet.


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I have seven plants plants that live on my deck over the summer,I guess they crossed as now I have a ripe seed pod and now I want to start them.


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Could it be that the plants are self-sterile? That means that you would need a separate plant of a different strain nearby for pollination. Possibly those other plants have set seed because there was another plant within hummingbird reach of those plants.


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I'm also interested in the pollination of Mandevilla. I tried several times, but without any success and the flower morphology is indeed very strange. So my questions to these people who received some seeds: Do you know which cultivars you have and at which climate conditions (temperature, light, water) the seeds were developing?
Thanks


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Does anyone know if the seed produces an identical plant?


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