Wild Coffee, Sea Beans, and How to Grow a Beanstalk!
Seriously guys, wild coffee shouldn't be consumed, hence the name psychotria nervosa. This is my little native collection that I started from seed in early spring of last year! I collected the wild coffee seeds from plants while hiking, the magnolia seed was found on a "little gem" magnolia at the mayo clinic, and the coonties were found in a parking lot. I just threw them all together and this is what I got so far! (You'll notice I designed something on my blog which I also designed... um, there's also hoe and trowel award for best blog design wink wink.)
I have also started sea grapes, mangroves, pond apples, coral bean and nickarnut from seeds found on the beach, and have even sprouted a sea bean in the mucuna family that had washed up on the beach after floating on the currents from South America! The seed coats are so hard that they can even be polished and sold as jewelry, so cracking the seed required a drill and a 24 hour soak in warm water. After I planted the seed it grew into a 7 foot long liana in a couple of weeks, but it was so vigorous and fast growing that I couldn't keep up with the watering. I know I should have repotted it, but this was one of my first gardening adventures and growing a tropical liana seed that washed up on the beach is an adventure indeed.
Here is an assortment of sea beans found on Florida Beaches!
The two big ones are sea hearts, the one furthest to the left is a sea purse, (technically a mucuna and not a dioclea since the vine is hairy) below that is a Mary's bean, and the two to the right are hamburger beans in the mucuna family!