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Collecting Seeds

Ngutukākā is easy to grow from seed. It is possible to take cuttings but these are less likely to succeed and often damage the original plant in the process.

Here are a few tips on collecting seeds:

  • Never dig out a ngutukākā. They rarely survive being transported.

  • Allow ngutukākā seeds to dry on the plant for as long as possible.

The seed pods will turn from green to brown and split open when ready. Check with the plant owner if it’s OK to collect seeds before disturbing the plant. Inside the seed pod will be around fifty small, black seeds. Clean the seeds gently and store in a cool, dark, dry place until you are ready to plant.

Ngutukākā seeds can be extremely long-lived and may still germinate decades - perhaps even centuries - later (we will report back on the success of the replanting of seeds taken by the crew of the Endeavour over two hundred years ago, soon).


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