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Q.I Have A Yellow Bird Of Paradise (caesalpinia Gilliesii) Tree. I Want To Grow Another, But Can’t Find One At A Nursery. My Tree

Zone 95695 | Anonymous added on June 27, 2021 | Answered

has seeds in pods. How do I use them? My concern is that by nature, the seeds would germinate after the pod falls from the tree, implying some period of time after the pods appear. My pods are green and smooth, like a green pea pod. The seeds are clearly visible inside – about 1/4″ wide. Do I need to wait for them to age appropriately? Do the pods change color or texture when the seeds inside are viable? And any advice on germinating/planting would be appreciated.

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Answered on July 9, 2021

The seed pods start out green, then mature to a brownish color. I've included links to extension factsheets that show the mature pods, seeds, and how to propagate. FYI: the seeds and leaves are toxic.




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