Our efforts to start the cashew, dragonfruit, and golden kiwi seeds were sidetracked today. We will have plenty of information to come though on a large variety of plants and fruits. We will include additional information following some information on the Morning Glory seedlings we have growing.
Morning Glory seedlings can be seen to the left. These are about 1 week old. These originated from a complex of vines growing on our chain fencing that pre-existed to us living here. We were able to gather hundreds of seeds from many of the dried pods hanging(still so many more to be harvested.)
This was a first time for us germinating Morning Glory seeds. We did some searching around and seemed to find that many people had lots of success with soaking them in a half solution of hydrogen peroxide 3% (standard stuff from your local store.) The results were without any doubt fully clear as to why!
Success! Initially we had soaked them over night in a solution of half water, half 3% hydrogen peroxide. By morning about 15-20% seeds were no longer black, but off white! We were concerned that this meant we left them too long, or too much, etc. (the usual anxieties when experimenting with new methods.)
We drained and rounded up the now white seeds (think miniature popcorn kernel, they slightly bloat and expand too.) We set those aside separately. The remaining black seeds were placed into two groups of 35 each and sowed in a coconut fiber/compost mix. We sprayed down one with extra kelp. The white seeds were placed in a baggie with paper towel. There was not much hope for these, as the thought was that they had been compromised. Far from it!
Within 2 days all of the white bloated seeds had sprouted in the baggie. Those are what is pictured above. The two trays that have the 2 groups of 35 have to this day slowly produced seedlings. The tray without kelp has produced 3 and the other none so far. We are sure with regular watering, they will in time germinate as well.
This was an excellent test to reveal some insight into the power of different methods. The hydrogen peroxide acts as a stratifying agent and weakens the seed casing, allowing for it to open further. We are now testing this with guava seeds we have soaking. Anyone who has ever eaten a guava with mature seeds would agree or tell you that they are as hard or harder than stone pebbles.
As we mentioned above, here is some additional information on our other efforts and an overview of our intentions.
Plants that are growing or will soon be started include:
Pomegranate, Apple, Orange, Jackfruit, Peas, Quince, Peanut, Avocado, Guava, Oat Grass, Pineapple, Papaya, Tomato cuttings..
Stevia, Arugula, Dill, Basil, Coriander, Mixed Greens, Chives, Lemon Mint
We seek to daily expand on new germination, cuttings and exploration. Currently in the mail are 10 rare varieties of fresh Japanese maple seed to be cold stratified over the winter. We also currently have poppy, blackberry and persimmon seeds cold stratifying.
Ultimately we intend to expand our efforts. Below are a few of the projects we have outlined over the last summer and plan to work towards:
- Begin a fruit exchange that will mostly incorporate unwanted, abandoned or wild growing fruits and nuts in the Sacramento area.
- Raise money and purchase land, initially in the Florin/Elk Grove area to begin a not-for-profit Community garden(farm) and public nursery bank. This would offer seeds, seedlings, starts and other resources to anyone interested for free, with the acceptance of donations of produce, money and/or seeds.
- Begin a meetup for education on raw food living and eventually incorporate life practices such as foraging and gardening into the meetings.
- Begin a youtube channel expressing information about all things fruit. Preparation, selection, education and any related topics.
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