Intro: Germinate Terminalia Catappa Seeds - Indian Almond
I thought I would share my progression growing Indian Almond seeds in a climate colder than they normally grow in.
This picture is what I started with.
If you have a one, you will notice one end has a round flat spot that was attached to the tree. That appears to be the end the seed will sprout from so I left that end alone and worked from the end with a sharper point.
Tools I used -
A sharp knife to cut away the outer husk
Something to put pressure on the shell, a vice would be good, I didnt have one available so used some channel lock pliers.
A small flat screwdriver - To pop open the shell without damaging the seed inside.
Step 1: Cut Away Extra Husk Around Shell
I was cutting everything away I could for the first few and decided it was unnecessary.
I started only shaving half down as shown to the hard shell inside.
Step 2: Put Some Pressure On
This is where something for slow even pressure would have been nice like a vice.
I used my pliers to squeeze from the edges, not from the flat sides, until I could see the seam of the shell starting to come apart.
Step 3: Gently Pry
I found my screwdriver was not small enough here to start in the crack so used a knife to start carefully, I didnt want the thin knife blade to snap.Then squeeze a little more to open the seam up and get the screwdriver in a bit, without damaging the seed in the middle, then pry the shell open very easily.
Step 4: Finally the Prize
You can see the thick shell in this picture and the meat in the middle.
I popped this out easily and rinsed it off as shown in the last picture.
From here I have placed them in a ziploc bag with damp paper towel and placed at room temperature which is about 70 degrees, or a little warmer if you can find a spot.
Step 5: Now to Plant
Everyone has germinated!
These took 2 weeks exactly and have long roots already.