A relative to the Jasmine flower, the Stephanotis is the fragrant and waxy petaled flower often found in wedding arrangements. It was nicknamed Bridal Veil , I guess for that reason. But many others know of it as, Madagascar Jasmine. I love this plant for it's abundant summer flowers and the fragrance is out of this world. I have been very fortunate that this plant has thrown out many seed pods over the last couple years. When the pod matures and splits open, it has many many seeds that have a silky plume of white hairs, attached to one end for allowing those seeds to spread by the wind.
I have planted those seeds but to date I wasn't having much luck. I wondered what would happen if I soaked the seed in water, if they would germinate. Germinate they did.
Yesterday I planted abut 50 seedlings that I had soaked in a glass of water for about 2 weeks. I had to dig this one up, to take this photo. No worries, it is safely back in the planter where I expect it to grow into a healthy plant.
This year I have 5 pods, one that has opened and four others, even this double one below. If I am successful I expect to have a lot of these plants to give away. When one of these actually grows enough to consider it stable, I will update this post or perhaps write a new one. These plants are a vine and as such have to build a strong network of roots and woody like stem before the plant will mature enough bloom. And I have no idea how big enough they need to get before transplanting. But I will deal with that issue when I see them come up. I am really happy that it finally looks like I am going to have some plants from these seed pods.
But for now, I will just remain optimistic about these germinations and that they actually taking hold.
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