Stanmore Horticultural

 

Seeds

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Seeds are carried on the plant within round fleshy berries. Each berry, depending on how complete the pollination, can contain up to 27 seeds (in three ranks of 9 seeds).

The images attached show a variegated berry, mother stock yellows for seed production, a large single berry which held 24 seeds, and a sieve with freshly harvested yellow/cream berries. The berry colour easily describes the likely flower colour. Any berry showing anthocyanins (orange/red colouration) will flower orange or variation thereof. Yellow/cream flowers derive from yellow berries, and a variegated plant will generally produce a variegated berry as seen in this first image.

Each seed is individually cleaned to remove not only the external pulp, but also the thin papery membrane that covers the seed. If left attached, this membrane will allow bacteria and fungal attack to kill seedlings as they germinate. Seeds can also germinate spontaneously in the berry. All seed germinated by Stanmore Horticultural occurs in heated hot boxes to maintain a uniform temperature.