Seeds and Pods

Seeds and Pods

I have used seed pods over the years in wreaths I’ve made for my home or in silk floral arrangements to add texture. In fact, the lotus seed pod has been one of my favorites. You can see it pictured in the photo below. This arrangement sits in my work area.

I’m fascinated by how unique seed pods are and how much they can differ from plant to plant. For the pics in this blog, I put the name of the plant on the seed pod photo. Enjoy!

FunFacts about Seeds and Pods (Source)

  • Seed PodsThe double-coconut is the largest seed in the world and can measure up to 1.6 feet around the middle. Coconuts have an air space between the nut and a fibrous coating. The air space allows the coconut to float so it can travel hundreds of miles on water to a new resting place.
  • Seeds provide the world’s daily food from cereal and toast to sandwiches, pasta and pizza.
  • Orchid seed-pods can hold as many as three million seeds.
  • Seeds have a variety of delivery systems to help them move away from the parent plant: Some seeds or pods have hooks and cling to animal fur or clothing, some seeds have wings, some pods create a pepper-pot and sprinkle the seeds over a large area, some seeds have air trapped in them so they can float on the wind, some seeds have wings, some seed pods simply explode. And of course, some seeds create a delicious fruit or vegetable and get moved around that way.
  • Seeds can survive the cold. 10,000-year-old seeds found in the frozen soil of Canada were grown and produced flowers.
  • Occasionally, the seeds of plants can be very dangerous such as the deadly nightshade – two berries could kill you – and the seeds of the Castor-oil plant. One bean of the latter has the capacity to kill an adult.

Nature is fascinating and creative.

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And now, here are the photos! Enjoy!  (Photos from Pixabay…)

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32 thoughts on “Seeds and Pods

  1. I have never used seed pods, my plants never make that far. Thank you for all the facts about the different types of seed pods and how the cultivate themselves. Cathy from Springfield, MA

  2. My father was the one for collecting seeds. His shirts all had to have a pocket because as he walked out and about he’d forage for seeds, not intentionally, just incidentally. He was the world’s best at propagating. The plants always grew better than any bought seeds or plants. He’d raise the seeds and give the plants away. ( He would do this with cuttings too. )

    You brought back many fond memories with this post.

    • Mary,
      What a wonderful hobby that must have been! And you must have enjoyed this part of who he was as a person. Those are great memories!

  3. As a kid I took great joy in helping the milkweed spread it’s seed. Not that I knew what I was doing at the time. I just thought they were fun to play with. 😉

    Lovely pictures and factoids. I enjoyed them. Thank you for sharing.

    • Pansy, you lucky duck!
      I’ve only seen one milkweed plant as you described in the last 20 years living here in NC. I would have nabbed it because I want to grow it, but it was in the middle of someone’s property. They were never home to ask permission.

  4. There is almost as much beauty in the seeds and pods as in the flowers and vegetables etc. that they produce.

  5. The Redbud tree in NC produces beautiful pink flowers in the spring, much like crabapple trees. In the fall the Redbuds have long 4-5 inch seed pods. They look like bunches of green beans hanging from the branches. They also grow wild here since birds drop the seeds everywhere.

    Along I-85/40 during the spring, it looks like someone has splattered pink paint everywhere.
    A beautiful sight.

  6. As children, my sister and I used to play with seed pods similar to those shown for the Honey Locust plant. We used them as money, the whole pods were dollars and the seeds were small change. Our neighbor had the trees that produced them and we would play through his yard (and others). Imagination was the name of the game 50 years ago!

    • Grace, I love that story! And you’re right. 50 years ago, imagination was everything. I had a schoolhouse I created in the open space below our house. The students were imaginary. Um, the spiders were real…

  7. Very interesting-but I’ve never planted anything from pods only seeds. In fact that was how I got my 3 peach trees, by planting the peach seeds. Also how I have my Mimosa tree-planted from seeds. Also have used bulbs for planting.

  8. First your arrangement is beautiful. I have never used pod seeds.But I love magnolia trees. Used to have a small one but the cows ate it, believe it or not. Lol

    • Marie, I’m chuckling about the cows eating a magnolia tree! I can’t even imagine how that happened! It sure must have tasted great to them!

  9. Omg as a child I ripped apart many milkweed seed pods! I just loved the fluffy stuff in the middle. Probably not the nicest way to help spread the seeds, but as a child all your thinking about is the textures.

  10. My Aunt taught me to love flowers, gather seeds and grow plants. Just reading this brought back memories of a special Aunt. Thank you

    • Judie, that’s wonderful to hear. Isn’t it funny what memories a few pictures and a few facts can conjure? I’m glad this post brought back some lovely memories of your aunt.

  11. neighbors had a “mimosa” tree (Albizia julibrissin) as we called it, and the seed pods were similar to the honey locust tree. we played with those as kids.

    denise

  12. The milkweed picture really brought back memories of the farm I grew up on. Monarch butterflies loved them, and dad hated them because they could ruin the pickers when he was combining. We sisters loved them because they would float like angels.

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