Q.seed from Mexican Bird of Paradise
I have seeds from a Mexican Bird of Paradise. Do I need to do anything to them prior to planting (i.e. soak, score)?
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It takes Bird of Paradise plants three to five years to mature from seeds, which are about the same size as a sweet pea seeds and have orange fuzz on the end. Hard seed shells dictate that they must be scratched before they will germinate. The easiest way to do this is to soak them in room temperature water overnight and nick the hard case with a knife or other instrument prior to planting. Do not allow the soil to become dry. Keep it moist, not wet. Cover the seed with a glass container, such as a jar, in order to create a humid environment. It will take Bird of Paradise seeds eight to twelve weeks to germinate. This article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bop/propagating-birds-of-paradise.htm