Jacaranda Trees – Collecting and Planting
Jacaranda trees, I believe are one of the easiest plants to propagate. Collection and preparation of seeds is super easy too. Combine this with the fact that these are such beautiful trees, and it’s easy to understand why the jacaranda tree is one of my favorite trees to grow.
This image is what a seed pod from a jacaranda tree looks like. Finding these seed pods is super easy. Pretty much all you need to do is find a jacaranda tree and either look on the ground or look into the branches. Most of the success I have had growing jacarandas has come from pods I have pulled off the tree, this one though I collected from the ground, mid spring, just after the peak of the flowers ended.
When these seed pods are dry enough, they open and reveal many seeds. If you are impatient though, you can easily prise the pod open with a bread knife. The seeds look quite papery, with a small hard core. The papery area is about a cm diameter and the hard core, 2mms or so. Planting is really simple. I just put them on plain soil, then sprinkle a layer of 2mm soil on top. Keep the planted seeds moist and within a couple of weeks they will sprout.
This image shows a tray of jacarandas about 4 weeks old, planted at the end of November in Australia. I have another tray planted about a week ago, mid December, into summer. It will be interesting to see if this impacts the rate of success with the propagation. After 1 week there are no sprouts.