its pretty easy.
just take each seed and cut the very tip of the seed just enough to slice off a piece of the red seed coating. You’ll see a white center when the red chip comes off. I use a sharp bypass pruning shears to cut em or a sharp knife. Ok, its not really easy. Its a bit tedious. But I really like the plant and I like even better, growing it from seed.
the seed in the foreground pot is from a patch of erythrinia growing in what I call the Charles Allen prairie. Its a new prairie that Charles found four or five years ago while he was looking for lady slippers. Its a spot in Ft Polk where you have to get permission to go and sometimes the Army doesnt give that permission. Its a tiny “island” of prairie hidden deep in an old growth forest.
This is significant to me because Dr. Allen is a mentor and he compiled a short book on erythrinia. And he discovered this prairie. So one day soon I will pass him on some plants for his garden.
Its pretty amazing that these seeds were sitting in storage for over four years and I cut the tips off and soaked them for a day in water and they are all germinating. I tell people if you clip and soak 10 seeds, eleven will germinate.
above: seedlings germinating
above: seedlings three weeks after germination
It took may years and lots of wasted seed and time before somebody finally told me how to germinate em.
a bunch of seed, and work
coral bean blooming at the farm.
The neatest thing about coral bean is its adaptability. It is found in lots of different habitats in its range and in some that are particularly challenging to plants in general. But coral bean grows and persists.