10 Steps to Grow Geiger Tree from Seeds
The geiger tree (Cordia sebestena) is a stunning plant that’s native to the Caribbean islands, and possibly the Florida Keys. This garden beauty thrives well in tropical and sub-tropical regions. The geiger tree is a hardy evergreen that produces dark green leaves that are stiff, growing 4-9- inches long, The flowers that this plant puts fort are even more stunning growing in clusters of yellow, orange, or white.
What I love about this ornamental evergreen is its drought-tolerant, if you’re living in a coastal area then the geiger tree is the perfect fit for your garden because this hardy plant is salt-tolerant withstanding the salt sprays. The geiger tree can also reach heights of 10-15 ft and can get even taller.
If you’re looking for a plant that’s showy, producing an abundance of beautiful flowers along with being hardy and low maintenance then the geiger tree is just what you may be looking for. Below we will be discussing how to grow a geiger tree from seeds.
Tips for Growing
1. The seeds of the geiger tree grow best in soils that are well-drained and moist, therefore it’s important that you give seeds a good start by providing the ideal soil. Incorporate or mix together half potting soil, vermiculite or perlite, and half sand, once completed place this mixture in a 3-gallon container. Make sure the soil is moist, not waterlogged or water-saturated, the container should have drain holes for water drainage.
2. Before planting, scarify the seeds gently rubbing them with something coarse like sandpaper or a file, or by using a knife and making nicks in the shell. Be careful however not to injure your finger or damage the seeds inside. The goal is to only crack the shell.
3. The seeds should be soaked in water for several hours anywhere from 6 to 24 hours
4. Deposit the seeds onto the soil’s surface.
5. With a thin layer of soil ( the seem mixture in step 1) ensure that the seeds are completely covered.
6. Now water the seeds, it’s best to connect a garden shower head hose attachment nozzle to your hose so the water can run gently or a watering can or jug with a shower head that allows the water to come out fine and misty instead of coarse droppings. The reason for this is if the water comes out of the hose pressurized will disturb the seeds along with removing that thin layer of soil that you cover the geiger seeds with. If you don’t have a hose nozzle with a showerhead or can be adjusted to a showerhead then a simple trick is to get a plastic container or jug.
Next with a sharp object like a knife or a scissors puncture or make several small holes at the bottom and you are done and guess what you did not have to visit your garden center or plant nursery to purchase a shower hose attachment will save you those hard-earned dollars along with time.
7. Now water your seeds by filling your homemade water jug with water and let the water run gently onto your seeds.
8. Place the container in an area that gets full sun to partial shade, the seeds will take several weeks before germinating.
9. Make sure that the soil does not dry out completely but keep moist at all times, remember not to overwater because water-saturated soils can encourage root rot.
10. After the seeds have germinated and grown several inches tall can be transplanted.
The final word on growing a geiger tree from seeds
Growing the geiger tree from seeds is also simple as 1-2-3, these steps will aid you to have good success as you seek to grow this tropical beauty. I believe that investing in the geiger tree by growing from seeds is a cheap way to grow and make this plant a part of your garden and landscape design so go for it and give it a try you will be so happy with the results the geiger tree gives you.