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    Smile So, who has experience with Martynia? Any help is appreciated.

    I hit the jackpot and managed to get some fresh Martynia pods with seed in them.





    I have been searching frantically over the last months for possible sources regarding cultivation of these plants. I've looked at scholarly articles, books, web sties, etc. I even got in contact with a distant relative in a part of Mexico where these plants grow like weeds. He mentions that they are considered noxious and would not imagine why anyone would want to grow them intentionally. Unfortunately, there is very little about their cultivation out there...

    Throughout this entire quest, I managed to get only one measly picture of how the seeds look like! I do have a pretty good idea about how to go about this, though, but would like to have the most info I can acquire.

    So, I would like to know if any of you have any experience and/or know anything regarding cultivation of these. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    I am especially interested in seed extraction (from pod) and/or any treatments to aid in germination.

    Hopefully, I can be as successful with these as I was with those *other* plants I grow every year. Then I can start unloading them on to the TerraForums community!

    Thanks!

    Joel
    -Joel from Southern California


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    *no expert here*

    If you are wanting to extract the seeds completely, it looks like you can wedge some small needle nose pliers in between the two barbs and gently pry them open. Just a thought. Scissors might even work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dashman View Post
    *no expert here*

    If you are wanting to extract the seeds completely, it looks like you can wedge some small needle nose pliers in between the two barbs and gently pry them open. Just a thought. Scissors might even work.
    Let's see... I already tried: a hacksaw, screwdriver, dissecting prong, tweezers, and a nail and hammer and damaged some seed in the process. The opening on these things are extremely narrow and they are harder than walnuts.
    -Joel from Southern California


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    I had seeds, once, but no germination.

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    Get a macaw parrot and give him a try?
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    Quote Originally Posted by joossa View Post
    Let's see... I already tried: a hacksaw, screwdriver, dissecting prong, tweezers, and a nail and hammer and damaged some seed in the process. The opening on these things are extremely narrow and they are harder than walnuts.
    D'OH! I probably would have used that hammer and smashed them all to bits after trying less than half of what you tried. LOL.

    Good luck.

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    what about if you try a bench vice? I think you could probably be successful like that.
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    Vise grip pliers. Set it to where it's closed only a few millimeters smaller than the nut, then give it a squeeze. I use this method to open walnuts without smashing the meat.
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