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Growing a Royal Poinicana
OK it says to get one to grow from seed you must file down one side of the seed using a gardening file. Well, I had never heard of one of those so I used a knife to scrape away the sides of one and used a toenail clippers to chip the side of another. Well, the one that I chipped is growing and the one that I used the knife on isnt.
The seeds are large and very hard. If you think you can use a knife on it to cut or file the shell, you are sadly mistaken! HAHA! If you dont have a garden file, use a pair of toe nail clippers and chip the side of it.
Now I planted mine in late Feb. and it just sprouted. So, it takes awhile. It took so long for mine to sprout, I thought i had lost them....as in, threw them out without knowing it. I did an "after early spring" clean up. I threw out all the used peat pots and the ones that the seeds didnt grow in. At some point I knew which one the seeds were in, cuz I got my surprise! YAY!
Last night before I went ot bed, I didnt want to leave him in the bag so I took him out and placed him in a disposeable ziplock container that I bought jsut for my new plants. I use them for safely shipping small plants too(works great).I had heard somewhere they like lots of water when they are growing so I added a little water to the bottom of the bowl and set the peat pot in the water.
This morning when I got up the first thing I did was check on him and he was standing up! My he did it fast!
Heres the pics of my new little guy!!!
The three in the window are the Birds of Paradise I have gotten to sprout. Theres still three more that havent.
And this time, Chase will NOT be allowed ANYWHERE NEAR!! this baby tree!!!!
Now, I think Ill name him......Im thinking Prince Poin.
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What a cute name for him!! I like!! How exciting for you that he has sprouted!! Keep us informed about he is doing and the birds of paradise as well!!
Looking good Denee!!!! I used an old horse toothrasp on my seed so here's hoping. I think I have about another month or so to wait to see if my little guy grows too.
Im thinkng about taking the other one out and using a pair of clippers on him now that I know it will work! LOL but what will I do with two? Let me know when your little guy comes up!
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