Yellow Trumpet Bells Seeds

Tecoma Stans Seeds (Common Yellow Elder, Yellow Trumpet Bells Seeds)


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Has dense, lushly green foliage that is evergreen in tropical climates, but deciduous in chillier places.


Tecoma Stans also known as Yellow Bells, Yellow Elder or trumpet bush belongs to the Bignoniaceae Juss family. They originate in tropical America (West Indies, Mexico). Tecoma Stan comes from desert shrub lands and dry forests in the region from Texas and Arizona southward to Argentina. Yellow elder is a small tree, which grows to 25 ft (7.6 m). It has dense, lushly green foliage that is evergreen in tropical climates, but deciduous in chillier places. The opposite leaves are composite, with three to thirteen leaflets, 2-3 in (5-7.6 cm) long, with toothed edges, and very apparent ribs. They are borne on very short petioles and are slightly hairy on the undersides. The smooth squared twigs are green, turning tan or reddish tan as they age. The bark on the main trunk is light brown and becomes corky with age. The 1-2 in (2.5-5.1 cm) long, sunshine yellow flowers are trumpet shaped. They hang in showy clusters at the branch tips and forks, bending the twigs into arches with their weight. There are two folds along the bottom of the flower's throat and several delicate rust-red lines decorating the interior. The blooms appear in flushes throughout the growing season. They are followed by 4-8 in (10.2-20.3 cm) long string bean-like pods that hang in vertical clusters. These turn brown and split open to release flat oblong 1/4 in (0.6 cm) seeds with transparent 1/4 in (0.6 cm) wings on each end. Hardiness zones: 7-11 (-15°C/ 5°F, 4°C/40°F) in winter. It is reliably hardy, but only down to 28ºF (-2.2ºC), though the roots may survive temperatures into the low twenties. That tree can take periods of severe drought. They need full sun. Yellow elder will grow on a wide variety of soils, including sand and lime rock, but it likes it well drained. Potted plants should be given minimal water when not in active growth. The Tecoma Stan can also be grown by sea-side.
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Common name Yellow Bells
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Species Tecoma stans
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Therapeutic uses No
Germination Fresh seeds germinate readily in sandy soil in the spring. When sowing inside use 4” pots , cut up newspaper pieces and put them in the bottom. Fill with a good medium soil. You can put 3 seeds in each. Place each 4" pot in a plastic container (the big clear ones - those that are used to store clothes). Fill the plastic container with water so that the whole bottom is filled. The water height it should be kept at; is up to the 1/2-way mark of the holes in the bottom of the 4" pots. The newspaper will soak up the water, keep the dirt & seeds wet w/o drowning the seeds, and you won't have to water the seeds overhead (which can often push the seeds further into the dirt and/or displace them). Re-full the water every 3 days or so, just wait for the bottom to be dry for 1 day and then re-fill to the original level. Place it in dappled shade, with the sun pieces being only in the morning. They should germinate in about one week. Wait until they have their 2nd set of real leaves, separate them, and put them each in their own pot. Remember that germination can take longer. Be patient!
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