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From our bonsai section - Texas Ebony!
Growing Texas Ebony (Ebenopsis ebano) from seeds
Growing Texas Ebony seeds at home
Seeds soaked for 24 Hrs. before scarring to improve chances of germination. Scarrification of seeds done with a saw tooth kitchen knife. I lined two rows of five or six seeds onto a water misted coffee filter and covered with a second filter which I also misted with water. Folding the coffee filters in thirds like a burrito, I then staggered them laying in the plastic covered container.
Above: A couple of seeds were moldy upon uncovering at seven days. These seeds can be washed off and returned to germination efforts and still have a chance of sprouting.
Right: Seventh day and more than half the seeds had germinated.
After a week of germination, and a week in potting soil, I saw the first seedling come out to join the world...
Of the 50 seeds I began with, 31 made it to sprouting phase and grew beautifully.
For immediate planting I used a basic Miracle Gro brand potting soil.
Every three or four days I sprayed the surface heavily with water to insure water reached the seedlings.
So far so good!
Week 2: After one week of germination in covered plastic container and two weeks in soil, sprouting seedlings were sprayed daily and soil kept slightly moist at all times.
Seedlings sprouted just fine in plastic pots while kept near a Southern sun window.
Growth rate on these seedlings was surprisingly faster than I anticipated having read about the species slow growth rate.
Following are photos of week three and four!
Week 3 and all seedlings display characteristics of the Texas Ebony - twice compound leaves and initial thorns! And yes, leaves fold up at night too! Amazing how nature packaged a genetic code in that little red seed.
At three months, seedlings coming along just fine. Pictured below in their new growing pots with 100% oil absorbant for potting medium. These are submereged in water tubs for a half hour twice a week and sprayed down every other day with Miracle Grow, Superthrive, and water mixture. They continue to be grown in a large window.