|Pink Powder Puff Calliandra surinamensis - August 27, 2018 PM|
|Pink Powder Puff Calliandra surinamensis - November 14, 2017|
|Close-up view of the Pink Powder Puff - July 2, 2018|
|Drying Seed Pods of Pink Powder Puff - October 2, 2018|
|Opened Seed Pod of the Pink Powder Puff - October 2, 2018|
|Seeds from the Pink Powder Puff - October 2, 2018|
October 4, 2018 around 3pm in the afternoon ... I was out checking on how many seed pods had opened ... quite a few ... when they started ferociously SNAPPING. I lost a few that escaped from under the netting and flew off to my left into the shed. I sincerely think these are SNAP PEAS!!
Researching the seeds, I found a reference that tells you how to prepare the seeds for best use. It seems you need to scar them ... one recommendation was with sand paper. So, I think I will grab my emery boards and go to it before I try planting these.
|Scarified Seeds from the Pink Powder Puff - October 3, 2018|
"Scarify and inoculate seed with strophostyles spec.1 before planting. Scarifying (nicking or roughing the seed coat) seed greatly improves germination, and establishment time after planting. Walker (2005) found that mechanically scarified seed ranged in germination from 74 to 85 percent. Pitman (2009) used sandpaper to scarify powderpuff seed and had similar results. The average percent germination of unscarified seed was 14 while the scarified was 96. In both experiments, physically roughing the seed coat resulted in better seed germination than unscarified, chemical or heat treatments. If scarified seed is unavailable, plant in the fall, and allow seed to over winter in the soil." --USDA-NRCS Powderpuff Mimosa strigillosaOctober 3, 2018 at 4pm I had used a sandpaper emery board on 12 of the seeds gathered from the seed pods. I picked up a Jiffy Windowsill Greenhouse seed starter kit to use.
|Jiffy Windowsill Greenhouse - October 3, 2018|
|Jiffy Windowsill Greenhouse Step 1 - October 3, 2018|
|Jiffy Windowsill Greenhouse Steps 2-3 - October 3, 2018|
|Jiffy Windowsill Greenhouse Final Step - October 3, 2018|
EXPLODING SEED PODS
After witnessing many more of the ferociously opening SNAPPING seed pods, I started Googling to see WHY. First reference I found actually talked about exploding seed pods! about "the evolutionary innovation of a fruit wall that can store elastic energy through growth and expansion, and can rapidly release this energy at the right stage of development."
|Exploded Seed Pod of the Pink Powder Puff - October 4, 2018|
EXPLODED SEED PODS OF OCTOBER 4, 2018
It was a little earlier for me, in the afternoon of October 4, 2018, right around 3pm, when I was out in the shed tending to the seed pods. I had the white netting over them and could see that several had exploded open! At one time, the netting was actually askew from the ferocious nature of the exploding seed pods! I gingerly lifted the white netting cover and then SNAP!!! with such a force, a couple of the seeds pods opened and flew off the tray onto the shed floor. Holy smokes!
In the previous five photos, these were a handful of those seeds pods that fiercely opened or exploded as I was standing in the shed. Looking at each photo, you can see what seeds were still in the pod and indentations where the other seeds flew out. Pretty cool, eh??
HOW MANY PINK POWDER PUFF SEEDS?
|Pink Powder Puff Seeds - Calliandra surinamensis - October 5, 2018|
How many pink powder puff seeds to you think are in that circular collection? Overall, how many seeds do you think have been produced this year by my PPP plant? Hey, leave me a comment on your educated best guess! I'd love to hear from you.
|Pink Powder Puff - Calliandra surinamensis - October 5, 2018 AM|
PINK POWDER PUFF SEEDS - KNICKED
I've decided to try a second-go-around with 12 of the pink powder puff seeds. I had an empty pink egg carton available this morning. I grabbed my nail clipper and gingerly knicked or cut into the sides of the 12 seeds.
|Pink Powder Puff Seeds Knicked - Calliandra surinamensis - October 5, 2018|
|Pink Powder Puff Seeds Knicked in Egg Carton - October 5, 2018|
|Pink Powder Puff Seeds Knicked in Covered Egg Carton - October 5, 2018 - 11:15am|
UPDATE: Well, I hate to admit it, but I gave up on trying to grow the Pink Powder Puff inside. I have seen many a seedling popping up in my front yard garden ... I try to NOT pull them out, but let them be to see if another beautiful PPP might emerge.
MY ORIGINAL PINK POWDER PUFF
|Julie Ann Brady - Pink Powder Puff - May 12, 2019|
|Julie Ann Brady - Pink Powder Puff - May 15, 2019|
It is now March 2020! My PPP has had no issues with the previous Winter season spikes of cold weather. I can't tell you just how many times I have pruned the PPP to keep it contained within the space in the middle of my front yard. It has gotten so full and high that I need to use a rake to grab the projectiles for trimming. I have gotten so many compliments from neighbors passing by who marvel at the pretty pink powder puffs.
|Julie Ann Brady - Pink Powder Puff - March 6, 2020|
|Julie Ann Brady - Pink Powder Puff - March 13, 2020|