Germinating snake fruit seeds is a relatively easy thing to do but if you have little information about snake fruit, then you should definitively read this article.
Even though snake fruit seeds are easy to germinate, doesn’t mean that there are no guidelines to follow.
If you’re doing it wrong from the very first stage, I’m pretty sure you’ll regret it later on.
Say you received seeds from an online store or a friend today, what would you do with it? Fill the pots with soil, poke a hole in the middle and sowing your seeds into it right away?
One of a few factors that you should know when growing snake fruit trees from seed, is the seeds quality. Your newly planted snake fruit tree will bear fruit in at least 3-4 years or 8-10 years, depending on the growing method you are using.
High-quality seeds will ensure high-quality plant, unfortunately, most snake fruit seeds offered for sale in an online seeds store typically has unknown quality. So you need to be very picky when buying it online since you’re prone to grow a weak and disease-prone plant with slow growth rate and low harvest potential.
Things to consider when picking or buying snake fruit seeds:
- Choose seeds from fast fruiting snake fruit trees.
- Pick the seeds from a parent tree that produces fruits year round.
- Select the seeds from a parent tree that produces a lot and similar fruits.
- Choose the seeds from a parent tree that has good growth, including; resistant to pests, diseases, and adverse environmental influences.
Snake fruit seeds identification: What do I have?
To be honest with you, I think it would be extremely difficult to identify snake fruit seeds unless we still have the flesh or the skin on it.
Across all the snake fruit cultivars, the seed will look pretty much identical. Not only it looks identical, the size, the color, and the shape are also very similar.
We can judge the cultivar or the variety based on its taste, size or color when the fruit is still intact with its seed. However, if what you have is the seed only, I don’t think there’s anyone who can identify what kind of snake fruit that is.
Another thing that you should know about; “is your seeds will grow a male or female tree?” The only way to know it, although the method wouldn’t be a 100% precise, is by looking at how many seeds does the fruit has.
If you peel the fruit and there’s only one seed in it, usually it will grow a male snake fruit tree. Conversely, if there are two or three seeds then it is a female tree.
Finally, when shopping it online or in your local seed bank, I would recommend you to get the best snake fruit cultivars. Choose Salak Pondoh seed, Salak Bali seed or Salak Padang Sidempuan seed, those are the best snake fruit among any other cultivars. If you opt to pick them, I can guarantee, you won’t regret it later on.
I’ve browsed through local and international agricultural sites, whether it’s from government, institution or education. I’m looking for ways to identify snake fruit seeds. However, I have to go back on my screen empty-handed.
So, let me know if you have any resources, or know how to identify it in the comment section below.
How long does it take for snake fruit seeds to germinate?
In most cases, snake fruit seeds will start producing shoots in about 20-30 days. You will need to place the seed in a moist and shady place. Don’t forget to water it frequently every 2 days or so.
If your seed doesn’t sprout within this time, you should not stop watering your seeds. Wait 10-20 more days for it to sprout or until shoots appear.
A practical guide to germinating snake fruit seeds
Snake fruit seed germination is not difficult. In fact, in Indonesia, there are many seedlings grows naturally around the snake fruit garden. However, you need to get high-quality seeds to ensure growth.
Now, if you’re ready to germinate your snake fruit seeds, you can follow this step below.
How to Germinate snake fruit seeds in 4 easy step;
- Peel the fruit Peel the fruit and collect the seed
Separate the seeds from the fruit flesh and then clean it with water.
- Soak the seed in a clean water
Soak the seed at least 24 hours in a clean water.
- Put the seed in a polybag (growing bag)
Add soil and manure with a ratio of 2:1 into the growing bag then poke a hole and place the seed half buried.
- Water the seed frequently
Place the polybag in a moist and shady place then water it frequently every 2 days or so until the sprout is at least 20-30 days old.
While it’s true that you can grow a snake fruit tree from seeds, keep in mind that a tree grown from seed will produce fruits with different flavor characteristics from its parent tree. Not to mention that it will also take a longer period of time before it starts to bear fruits.