Friday, October 30, 2009

Pod People: specifically Green tea mania

I have a great attraction to all things pod-like.  Don't know what it is specifically but it's as though pods are sort of nature's boxes, inflatable organic gifts (ok, no big surprise what the gift is, seeds of course) but still the variety of shapes and sizes of pods that are available just dazzles me.

Here are a few that I enjoy before I get to the real rarity:







I was recently bopping around my potted green tea plants checking out this green fruit thing that feels like it's been hanging out there forever when I noticed it had split!


The lovely bright green seed pod exposed a creamy white center and brown seeds.  Pretty snazzy colors there Mother Nature!



Interestingly enough the pod itself was relatively soft and spongy (much less so a couple of days later)


Germinating green tea seeds to my understanding is somewhat tricky and needs to be done when they are ripe, therefore just dropped from the seed pod and not shriveled.  Many places simply take cuttings for tea propagation, but I suppose if I plan to live until I'm a 150 years old, I have time to make more green tea plants! (It doesn't take 150 years for a good tea plant to develop, it would just feel  like that to me mentally because I'm impatient!)


Here are some sources I found on germinating the seeds:
http://www.au.gardenweb.com/forums/load/ozherb/msg0301175628958.html
http://narien.com/store/teaseeds

6 comments:

Rosey Pollen said...

That was a cool shot of the seed pods. I could see those pics framed on a wall somewhere. Very nice...

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Very interesting post and pictures! I also wish I could give you a dozen of picks for your blog's header picture!

Nell Jean said...

Camellia seeds are interesting. I love that they look like little apples before they ripen and reveal those big seeds.

Mary Delle said...

Love your photos of pods. I've never heard of green tea pods, but like your photos of them.

Patsi's 'Garden Endeavors' said...

Stunning pictures of the pods.
Funny how we find what might be concidered by others odd but to us it's beautiful.

persephone said...

@Rosey: Pods have such great structure, but nature's good about that! I actually do have some of these framed and in my kitchen. The long string of green pods are sort of painted on the lower half of my kitchen cupola/window area!

@Tatyana: Thanks for the comment! I'm glad you get a kick out of the header photo; They were 2 different sets of gifts from friends and it worked out perfectly!

@Nell: Yep, little love apples packed with antioxidants! ;)

@Mary delle: I surprised too by the pods! I had seen these sort of fat fruit looking things, but didn't know they were going to pop open. Wouldn't it be cool if we could breed green tea pods to look like tea bags?! Instant tea, you pluck it off and pop it in a cup! Maybe I'll hang some on my plants and take a pic...

@Patsi: I know what you mean! I love the unusual, there's something beautiful in very different things, for example, I love these passionflower fruit pics I took: http://persephoneinbloom.blogspot.com/2009/07/going-native.html