Germinating the seeds
» These seeds sprout best if placed in the refrigerator for 4 weeks, after an initial 3 weeks at room temperature. The tips below explain the process.
First, soak the seeds in a cup of water for 24 hours.
Use small pots or cups that have drainage holes. Fill with a well-draining soil mix. A typical mix is 2 parts potting soil to 1 part perlite. An alternate mix is 3 parts perlite to 2 parts coir fiber.
Plant 1-2 seeds in each pot, about 1/4 inch (6 mm) deep. Add water until the soil is evenly moist (but not saturated).
For the next 3 weeks, ensure that the soil stays moist. Keep the pots between about 68 and 84 degrees F (20-29°C).
After 3 weeks, enclose the pots in an airtight plastic container or bag and place in the refrigerator. Ensure that the temperature stays above 35°F (2°C).
After 4 weeks (mark your calendar) remove the pots from the container/bag, and keep them in an area that stays between about 65 and 85°F (18-29°C).
Germination can occur over a long period, beginning any time after 4 weeks and continuing for up to 6 months. Occasionally, some may take over 6 months, but most should sprout within 1 to 4 months.
Once they sprout, give them bright light, with protection from strong afternoon sun. Keep the soil evenly moist, and feed every 8-10 weeks months with a general-purpose fertilizer.
You may transplant them to larger containers when the plants are 3 months old. Repot gently to avoid breaking apart the soil ball. Water before transplanting, to keep the soil ball together.
Tips on growing adult plants are here.
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