September 10, 2011 at 9:08 pm #255703
anyone here that has grown leopard trees from seed?
i have only got 4 seed to play with, i want to do it
any help is appreciated.
thanks GartenfeeSeptember 11, 2011 at 2:21 am #507821
Leopard tree seeds are really tough nuts! I’d say they need a bit of a work-over. 😉
I haven’t germinated any before but I’d scuff/scratch the seeds on sandpaper, on the side of the seed before sowing.September 11, 2011 at 2:34 am #507822
There’s a lady in a garden club I went to a couple of times who grows leopard trees from seed.I’ll see if I can track her down as I’d like to germinate some too, leopard trees are beautiful.September 11, 2011 at 2:39 am #507823
Just did some Googling, this might help us both.
Question #3: How to Extract and Start Seeds From Leopard Tree Seed Pods
Question: We have a beautiful “Caesalpinia ferrea” (Leopard Tree) in our garden with loads of seed pods. Can anyone enlighten us on how to extract the seeds from the pods without damaging the seeds please? Thanks!
Cheryl Lean, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia
ANSWER: Hi Cheryl! When dealing with Leopard Tree (Caesalpinia ferrea) seeds, they are very similar to how you work with Acacia Seeds. The one big difference is the seed pod itself.
Acacia tree seed pods open by themselves, but with a leopard tree, the pods are quite tough. First when you gather the fallen pods, shake them. If they rattle, you have seeds inside, and the best way to get them out is by using a nut-cracker.
Now as for germination, some people say they are hard, other say they are easy, but my acacia seed that I germinated took some preparation first.
The seeds need to be “scarified” first by either nipping the hard outer coats with a nail clipper or you can abrade them with a bit of sandpaper or even rub a bit on brick or concrete to just weaken one side of the seeds. An easier way to “rough” up the seed coats is to poor hot water over them and soak overnight. Since I never had luck with the nail clippers or the sandpaper, because I took too much seed coat off, I use the hot water method.
Plant at about 1/4 inch (.6 cm) below the soil, water in, and place somewhere warm but not in hot sun, keep them moist so they don’t dry out, and be patient.
Once they start growing, the seedlings do better if their roots are not disturbed so sow in small individual pots if you have them – like a 2 inch (5 cm) pot. Then you can plant your seedlings out when and where you want.
Have fun!September 11, 2011 at 2:41 am #507824September 11, 2011 at 2:51 am #507825
Gorgeous,Bullseye! Do you have any idea how old it is? One of the things that irritates me about getting older is that I will probably age more quickly than the trees I plant will grow!!September 11, 2011 at 2:55 am #507826HummerKeymaster
Thats a beautiful tree Bullseye!September 11, 2011 at 2:58 am #507827
We planted the Leopard in late 2006, it was about 60 cm tall then.September 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm #507828
That’s not so long!! Goodo.Hope for me seeing a good sized one yet. :clap: :clap: They must be fast growers?September 11, 2011 at 5:14 pm #507829BronMember
Gympie has loads of seed pods laying around at the moment 🙂 They’re awfully fun if you’re 5 😉 (Let me know if I could send you some)September 11, 2011 at 8:52 pm #507830
thanks every one for your tips on growing Leopard trees.
i am giving the hot water treatment a go.
That is a wonderfull tree bullseye.
of course Bw,you`ll have many years of pleasure from these trees.
I would love some more seeds Bron.
GartenfeeSeptember 11, 2011 at 10:09 pm #507831marzMember
I would love some seeds to please Bron. PM me your address and I’ll send an sae.
We had a hoooge leopard tree at the front of a house we were renting in Brisbane, then we bought a house further up the road and the new owners of the other place cut ‘my’ leopard tree down and put a big fence up 🙁 grrrr.September 16, 2011 at 7:32 pm #507832BronMember
got the seeds, pm’d you both 🙂
our council removed a tree cos it was in the road of a bus stop :angry:September 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm #507833MatthewWilliamMemberNovember 14, 2011 at 9:43 am #507834
guess what, i have a Leopard Tree growing from the seeds you kindly send us. Now i am hoping that more seeds germinate.
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