If you have lattice at home and you don’t want to lose it for the following year, surely more than once you have asked yourself the question of how to get lattice seeds.
Perhaps you have not even considered it and have seen how the plant died and, with the arrival of spring, in the pot or place where you had it, you have seen how small lattice plants grew. If it has happened to you and you want to know how to obtain lattice seeds, this information that we have obtained may be worth it. Go for it?
Before talking about lattice seeds, it is convenient that you know in depth how the lattice reproduces so that you know what techniques there are to multiply it and above all to get new plants.
In this case, the lattice plant has a peculiarity and that is that, even when it dies (usually because we water too much), it can multiply in just 15-20 days approximately.
There are two ways to multiply a lattice:
The first is through the division of the lattice. Of course, it is necessary that there are two or more stems to be able to separate them. You have to be very careful because it is very sensitive and very fragile, so if you break the stem you already have the problem that the plant will not continue. It is better to do it with dry land to avoid and always with a warm temperature (so you can stress as little as possible).
The second option is through seeds. These are usually obtained when the plant is already dying (because it has finished its cycle) since they are in the softest area of the plant (in the colored feathers that it produces). But they can also be obtained if we have had a water problem with the plant (that it has died from too much watering) or even because, as we have mentioned before, the stem has broken. You have to wait for it to dry out before you can plant the seeds (or save them for the following spring). In most cases they get ahead.
How to get lattice seeds
As you have seen, lattice seeds are on the plant at all times. And removing them is very easy. But unfortunately, in order to get them and for them to be ripe (and there is a greater probability that they will germinate) you have to wait for the plant to dry out.
At that point, the plant’s own feathery parts will expose the seeds, and if you move it a bit, they will fall to the ground. That is the reason why your plant can revive every year, because its seeds fall to the substrate and germinate from there.
You can leave them right there or take that soil and mix it with a new one, although we recommend that you do it before the seeds can fall to avoid planting the seeds too deep (it is something that is not going to be good for you because many can be lost and not germinate or rot).
We have seen that some also ask for other methods to remove the lattice seeds, but the truth is that there is only this one. In fact, if you cut a lattice branch, you will have to wait 2-3 days for it to dry before using the seeds. You’re not going to get them to thrive by planting that branch directly (in fact, it may take longer and you’ll have less chance of it coming up (it may rot before they do)).
How long do the seeds take to come out?
Once you have the lattice seeds, planting them is very easy. All you have to do is fill a pot with good quality soil almost to the brim.
Next, you must throw the lattice seeds. If it is because one of the plants has died, you can break it up and throw it on top of the ground because, although it may be difficult to see with the naked eye, it has seeds and we can also grow another new plant from it.
These seeds are very gently covered with a layer of soil and watered. To prevent them from moving or the soil from causing these to come to light, what you can do is water with a spray (but always making sure that the soil is very moist, enough to last a couple of days).
Then, you should leave it in an area where there are no currents and that is in the shade. This will only be for 3 days, because later you will be able to see that the tips are coming out and after 15-20 days you will be able to have a small plant. Hopefully you will be able to pull out several stencils (there will be a lot) and you could separate them and plant each one in an individual pot. In this case, you will not need to relocate them to a shady area. But you can already place them in semi-shade for 8-10 days so that they can get ahead. What is convenient is that you must add water to make the earth moist. Especially since they are plants that are stressed a lot in the transplant. After that time, you will only have to put it in direct sunlight. And after a month and a half or two months you can start fertilizing it (in this case, grain fertilizer is better).
Regarding care, the most important is, without a doubt, irrigation, since it is a plant that needs water but if you add too much it will die very soon. In fact, you’ll notice that it dries out, making you think it needs more water when it doesn’t. The trick to control it is to see that the soil is moist and not waterlogged and not water until it looks dry.
Of course, what we must tell you is that the seeds of a mother plant does not mean that they will come out the same as her. Actually, this plant does not have that condition. Sometimes seeds of worse quality (and others of much better quality) can come out.
Now that you know how to get lattice seeds, you will have no excuse to have more of these plants. They are fast growing and you can get different colors. This way you will no longer throw away the plants that dry out without first giving them a second chance. Have you done this before? How was the process?