Seeds of course, but my trees are young and this is my first seed harvest. I would love to take this chance to taste the seeds, if they ever mature.
What about cuttings? The place where I got them propagated by cutting. What kind of cutting would be right for this tree? It's a good time of year for softwood cuttings, so I'll be giving that a go. But I would also like to discover what the most successful method would be so I can try that as well.
Looks like a ferocious thorn, eh?
cesca beamish wrote:I read that they carry diseases that affect citrus so seeds exported for culinary use have been treated. I tried to germinate some too with zero success.
I know some places had a restriction on them. I think the US doesn't anymore. We don't have a commercial citrus industry here, so I don't think Canada's ever had a restriction on these pepper trees.
plants for the future says
Seed - best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe in the autumn. Stored seed may requires up to 3 months cold stratification, though scarification may also help. Sow stored seed in a cold frame as early in the year as possible. Germination should take place in late spring, though it might take another 12 months. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in early summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Root cuttings, 3cm long, planted horizontally in pots in a greenhouse. Good percentage. Suckers, removed in late winter and planted into their permanent positions.
It seems like a lot of tree seeds want to be sewn fresh.
We took some softwood, semi-hardwood and leave cuttings today. Looking forward to seeing if any grow.
Root cuttings would seem easier than stem for this genus.
Do I eat the seed part?
Now to experiment with growing the seeds. I'm a bit worried about growing them in the greenhouse as the temperature fluctuates quite drastically during the day in the winter. Cold at night, hot during the day.
Of the cuttings I took, a couple seems to have taken. I think the weather was too hot for them, so I'll have to give it another go this fall.
It's been a poor year for them with a massively nasty winter and a sudden heat wave and drought. I was worried about them in August as I thought they looked so sad and droopy but still I didn't water them. They are looking much better now.
None of the cuttings I took last year survived. I haven't managed to grow any from seed yet either. going to keep trying.
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