Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Drift seeds

When I was in Ft. Lauderdale, I went to a church picnic at John U. Lloyd state park and beachcombed with my kids for a while.

We found some pretty cool plants - including some edibles - right there along the shore line. Hog plums, sea grapes, Bidens alba, some shoreline beans... great stuff.

But something that really caught my imagination (YES I KNOW I'M A FREAK, CHRISSY, THANKS FOR NOTICING) were the various "sea beans" or "drift seeds" we found among the seaweed on the shore.


The beach beans in the pods were found by one of my sons (good find!), but the rest of these we found in the surf. The two seeds on the top left are tropical almonds, then there's a "hamburger bean," then two "sea coconuts," one in its husk and the other without it.

I find it amazing that these seeds were designed to be dispersed by the ocean... what a testimony to God's creativity.

Of course, me being the plant nerd that I am, I couldn't be satisfied by just picking up a few seeds and putting them on a shelf as curios. Nope - I'm now trying to germinate these suckers.

Awwwwww yeah.


I'll give you an update and some pics when I get a chance. The beach beans are already coming up and the hamburger bean has sprouted a root.

Survival Gardener REPRESENTIN'!!!

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7 Comments:

At March 27, 2013 at 7:22 AM , Blogger chrissy bauman said...

well, i think plant nerd would be a better characterization... of course, if i wasn't a plant nerd too then i wouldn't be here!
i would have done the same thing if i were at a beach on the other coast!
i really want to see pics of some of this stuff. if the sea beans are from costa rica they will probably grow great here. do you think they might be edible? might be hard to id it until it flowers, someday.

 
At March 27, 2013 at 7:27 AM , Blogger chrissy bauman said...

actually i think very highly of you. i'm always talking about the neato things you are up to, referring to you as my online gardening buddy near ocala, since you are the only other person that i know of in florida that also believes in survival gardening (just in case).
we just put up more water into storage and i planted a lot of cannas. i love cannas, though i haven't tried eating them yet. the rabbits love them too.

 
At March 27, 2013 at 10:24 AM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

I knew you would call me something. "Nerdy gardening buddy" is similar to "freak."

I just took a new picture of the hamburger bean (which is really shooting up now) and I need to post that next.

According to my research, they'll only grow at the southernmost point of the state. Tropical almonds will grow in pots, however, and can produce nuts at only 18 months of age. I stuck a handful of those in a pot of dirt and I'm waiting... waiting... waiting... Apparently, they take a few months.

Good deal with the cannas. They're not bad eating at all. And extra water storage is always a good idea.

 
At March 27, 2013 at 8:17 PM , Blogger ChrisC said...

I've seen so many of those seeds on the beach.And I've never thought of planting them.Will do,now.

 
At March 28, 2013 at 8:12 PM , Blogger Wendy Randolph said...

that is super cool! :)

 
At March 28, 2013 at 8:30 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Thank you... I don't know why the idea never hit me before.

 
At March 29, 2013 at 12:07 AM , Blogger mrlespaulman said...

You mentioned sea grapes at the beginning of this post...ever try growing them? I just picked up one from Lowe's today, and I'm going to give it a go somewhere on my property. We'll see...

 

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