Hi guys 🙂 In this Blog I am going to be sharing with you how to harvest the seeds from Schlumbergera Cacti, and in this Blog I am going to be harvesting seeds from my own Schlumbergera truncata Cactus.
Schlumbergera Cacti plants are more commonly known as Christmas and Thanksgiving Cactus because they produce their beautiful blooms from the middle of October to the beginning of February.
When it comes to propagating Schlumbergera it is always far more easier and faster to grow these plants from cuttings than from growing from seeds but because I enjoy growing cacti from seed I wanted to grow these plants from seeds as it is is much fun to watch a plant grow from seed to mature over the months and years, I always think its EXTRA special 🙂
In this Blog I will be explaining how to harvest the seeds from Schlumbergera Cactus fruit, but here is a detailed video that I have made for my You Tube channel Desert Plants of Avalon on How to harvest the seeds and also how to know when the seeds are ready to be harvested and you can watch this video below :
To produce seeds on your Schlumbergera cacti plants then you have to have the flowers pollinated first, and I will share links and videos in this blog on how you can do this with your own flowering Christmas or Thanksgiving cacti 🙂
You can also encourage this process by cross pollinating these plants yourself simply by using a very small brush or cotton bud Q Tip Here is a link to a page I have wrote on this website on HOW to cross pollinate Schlumbergera to produce seeds and you can read this page HERE
I have also made a video on How to cross pollinate Schlumbergera cacti to produce seeds for my You Tube channel Desert Plants of Avalon and you can watch this video below :
I have also made a video for my You Tube channel Desert Plants of Avalon to show you when you know the Cross pollination has been a success and you can watch this video below :
HARVESTING the SEEDS when the Fruit Pod is Ready
If the pollination is a success on your Schlumbergera flowers then the seed pod will take many many months up to a year or even longer to mature to become ready for harvesting the seeds. You will know when this fruit pod is ready to pick for harvesting the seeds when the pod turns from a green to a deep pink or red and it comes away with just a gentle pull, if the pod feels tough to pull leave it until it comes away easily. 🙂 See the picture below of my seed pod that is green and still not ready to remove for harvesting seeds.
Here is a photo below of my Schlumbergera seed pod that is fully mature and ready for harvesting the seeds.
To harvest the seeds from the fruits you will need a clean plate and a couple of sheets of clean tissue paper, place the sheets of tissue paper onto the plate to collect the seeds, and with clean hands gently pull apart the fruit pods over the plate then press the opened fruit pods very gently onto the tissue paper pressing in very gently the fleshy pulp containing the seeds to separate them from the flesh onto the sheets of tissue paper.
When you have separated the seeds from the flesh you should leave the seeds to dry out fully before storing them, place the whole plate containing the tissue paper pulp and seeds into a dry and airy spot to dry them. Failure to let the seeds dry out fully before storing them or sowing them could result in fungus forming on the seeds.
When the tissue paper is fully dry all the seeds should come away from the tissue paper with a slight rub and then its time to store the seeds safety until you are ready to sow them.
You can sow Schlumbergera seeds at any time of year but Spring is always best for sowing seeds because of the longer day lengths and the warmer temperatures, but if you have grow lamps and additional heat you can sow cactus seeds during the Winter too.
If you are sowing the seeds straight away then you can go ahead and sow them using your preferred method of sowing cacti seeds, If you have never grow cacti from seed before then you can watch my video that I have made for my You Tube Channel Desert Plants of Avalon on How to Grow Cacti from seed and you can watch this video below :
If you are storing the seeds for a number of days, weeks, months or even years ( Cactus seed can stay viable for several years ) then you will need to store them in either a paper envelope or small plastic zip lock bag in a dry cool place away from moisture and excessive heat.
Label the bags or envelopes with the date that you harvested the seed.
Thanks so much for reading guys and wishing you all lots of HAPPY GROWING from IRELAND 🙂 XXXXX <3