Hi Jessica and Brian, (or others who can help)
I read that you have a lot of experience with the Bunya Pine seeds and therefore I have some questions for you if you might be kind enough to share your knowledge please…
So I have recently collected hundreds of Bunya Pine seeds from a 100+ year old Bunya Pine tree. About two weeks ago, two pine cones fell from the tree. I promptly collected these to save them from the squirrels. An acquaintance asked that I mail these off so that he could grow the seeds into trees. Upon receipt he said he did some sort of float test and only about 3% of the seeds sunk. These were very fresh seeds and I hadn’t even taken them out of their individual little pockets (not sure what to call them, kind of like an artichoke leaf if you will) from the pine cone. One of the pine cones was sent complete. Of all of the seeds that I sent, probably only about 20 of them were completely stripped bare. Anyhow, my acquaintance says that these are basically garbage. I find that somewhat offensive but before I respond, I would like to get some input from someone with much more experience planting these seeds (you!). Do you think that just because they float or sink it lends itself directly to viability, to the fact that these will grow into saplings from seeds? I’ve read elsewhere that simply squeezing the seeds can tell a lot about their viability. I read somewhere else yet that if you are trying to perform the float test on this particular seed that they should be left in the water for 72 hours to see if they sink at that point, and even then, that does not indicate absolute viability or not. I would very, very much respect and appreciate your opinion in this matter. Thank you.
On another note, I’ve not eaten these and I hope to the future pine cones that I collect. Might you have a favorite recipe?
Thank you in advance!