I tried to pm you but it said your inbox was full are there any seed pods still available?
The pods do dry out and split open into fingers like a basket. The seeds have a wing all around them and are spread by the wind. Opened dried pods are woody and very beautiful.
It appears one person's pod was underdeveloped, and I will resend. There are still six pods left if anyone wants one.
I've got mine hanging from a shelf since one is still green. They are drying and I hope they will open up soon. I think they will in time.
Here's a couple of open pods.
Mine has opened and all the seed seem mature to me. Anyone have any idea how to start them?
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There are a few ways. The traditional way to just place them in a pot and then pour soil about half an inch deep on top of them. Water them and keep them under hot bright lights. Heat really helps. If you can have them in there at 80-90 degrees and moist that is good.
There is also the paper towel method that I have only had success with one seed. You put a moist paper towel in a sandwhich bag, put the seed inside the paper towel folded over then seal it and get all the air out. Put it under the same light and temp as before. Once you see a root come out you can plant them in a pot of regular soil and it should shoot up. I've heard this method is faster but I didn't have much luck with it. Others say it was great.
But heat light and humidity are key. Moist but not water logged soil. And they can take forever. Depending on the species up to six months in some cases. Here's one of my sprouts from last year.
Aristolochia seed sprout by Thagirion3, on Flickr
Aristolochia trilobata sprout by Thagirion3, on Flickr
Oh forgot to mention I also soak my seeds in a coffe cup with hot water over night to soften the seed up.