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Looking for some tips/tricks for cleaning Bismarck seeds!

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missknich

Hello! I’m interested in trying to grow a large quantity of Bismarckia nobilis (Silver Bismarck) trees from seeds. I am located in South Florida, and I’ve collected about a thousand seeds and citrus pots from neighboring growers. I’ve read through every thread on this site about Bismarcks, but I’m still lacking the knowledge I need to get started. I soaked the fruited seeds (mostly brown, some still greenish) in water for 4 days, changing the water daily. Per advice on this site I tried cleaning the fruit with a wire brush rigged to a drill and it didn’t make a dent. I then tried a cement mixer with sand, gravel, water, and seeds and after running for 45 minutes, the fruit was still entirely intact on all but a few seeds. I’m at a loss of what to try next, short of putting the seeds in a sack and running them over with the truck. I’m also interested in this community’s view on community pots/beds for the Bismarcks versus raising them in their own pot from a seed. I’m really looking forward to experimenting with this magnificent palm using different methods and growing mediums, I just need to figure out how to get these things cleaned! Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

 

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sgvcns

Can't be specific for Bizzies but pectinase breaks down the seed coat of hard to clean seeds in my experience,

Had B fenestralis that after treating could peel with my fingers. Otherwise a knife

Steve

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Darold Petty

I can offer no advice, but Welcome To Palmtalk ! :)

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kinzyjr

Welcome to PalmTalk!  Some folks soak the hard-to-clean seeds in a weak to moderate strength acid in order to simulate going through the digestive track.  Other options have already been posted by others above... but be careful with the knife ;)

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The Germinator

Welcome, one trick I have used is a paint mixer attachment for my drill and a 5 gallon bucket of water. let them soak for a while to soften up the meat then give it a whirl with the paint mixer. Another technique if you have a cement mixer is to use some gravel mixed in with the seeds and it will tumble the flesh off.

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GottmitAlex
3 hours ago, sgvcns said:

Had B fenestralis that after treating could peel with my fingers. Otherwise a knife

Steve

I gotta ask: How old was that B. Fenestralis when is first produced seed?

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Palms Brisbane

Hi,

Have you seen my posts? My experience and worked well. Have some germinating already.

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missknich
12 hours ago, sgvcns said:

Can't be specific for Bizzies but pectinase breaks down the seed coat of hard to clean seeds in my experience,

Had B fenestralis that after treating could peel with my fingers. Otherwise a knife

Steve

Thank you! I just ordered some on Amazon and will give it a try as soon as it arrives!

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missknich
12 hours ago, Darold Petty said:

I can offer no advice, but Welcome To Palmtalk ! :)

Thank you for the warm welcome!

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missknich
12 hours ago, kinzyjr said:

Welcome to PalmTalk!  Some folks soak the hard-to-clean seeds in a weak to moderate strength acid in order to simulate going through the digestive track.  Other options have already been posted by others above... but be careful with the knife ;)

Thank you so much! I’ll do some research on using acids!

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missknich
8 hours ago, The Germinator said:

Welcome, one trick I have used is a paint mixer attachment for my drill and a 5 gallon bucket of water. let them soak for a while to soften up the meat then give it a whirl with the paint mixer. Another technique if you have a cement mixer is to use some gravel mixed in with the seeds and it will tumble the flesh off.

Thanks for the welcome! I tried both of these methods already with no luck, they’re some tough seeds!

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missknich
5 hours ago, Palms Brisbane said:

Hi,

Have you seen my posts? My experience and worked well. Have some germinating already.

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I had not seen your posts before, thank you for linking them! That was a wealth of information! I can’t wait to get mine started!

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