Germinating Coconuts?

David Starrett dstarret at BIOLOGY.SEMO.EDU
Mon Aug 9 18:24:37 EST 1999


At 02:09 AM 8/9/99 -0700, Steve Hinkson wrote:
>Produce sections only have unripe seeds. (you can tell by the "milk" inside)
>They won't germinate.  You might try an internet search for Hawaiian tropical
>seeds.
>Steve

I need a quick lesson.  Why does the endosperm indicate an "unripe" seed?
A characteristic of a lot of (viable) monocot seeds is endopserm, no?  And,
where exactly is the cotyledon?


Anecdotally, 25 years ago or so I WAS successful in taking a cocount from
the market and growing it.  I made sure to get one with husk on.  I husked
it and kept in in warm, wet sand.  I lived in L.A. at the time, it
germinated with shoot coming out of one eye.  It subsequently "bit the
dust" as I couldn't keep up with need for bigger pots, proper soil mixture,
etc.


Dave Starrett


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