Tropical plants / Marble Berry (Pollia condensata)

Marble Berry (Pollia condensata)
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These wonderful blue berries reflect the most of all organisms in the world. Therefore they call them the juwels of the forest too. Small plant that can be cultivated as houseplant.

Expected processing time

2 days

€ 8,00
Price per 3 seeds


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Common name:
Marble berry

West Africa

Minimum temperature:
15 degrees Celsius

The marble berry is also known as the jewel of the forest, this is due to the clusters of wonderful berries growing on the plant. These berries reflect the most light of all organisms on the planet: 30% of the incoming light is reflected, which is even more than the famous Menelaus blue morpho butterfly (Morpho menelaus) and the scarab beetle. The perfect positioning of the cells on the surface of the berry reflects almost all blue light, this is also the reason why the berries are beautifully blue coloured. The colourful shine is the effect of slight reflection of other colours. Bird are attracted to the beautiful colours and use the small berries (4 mm) as decoration in their nests. This way the seeds are spread though the rainforest, while they are not edible. The plant stays quite small with a maximum height of 50 cm and has large, narrow leaves.
The flowers are pink white. The plant can be kept as an indoor plant with a minimum temperature of 15 degrees Celsius. Make sure the plant is placed in a shady spot (no direct sunlight) and spray regularly with some water when the air humidity is low. It is a rare species and is collected for us in Cameroon.

Sowing description:
Let the seeds soak in lukewarm water for 24 hours. Afterwards, remove the shell of the berry to find several seeds. Sow these seeds in a sowing mix at a temperature of 25 to 30 degrees Celsius. Keep the soil slightly moist and germinate in a light spot (no direct sunlight).

Sowing time:
Whole year

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Peter - 08-09-2018 00:33

Geweldig!! Had 3 besjes gekocht; dat zijn niet 3 zaden, maar eerder 30-40! Eerst wat ongeduldig, leek niet te lukken. Maar nu, na een maand of 2, heb ik 18 zaailingen! Hoezo zeldzaam? ;-) groeien als spreekwoordelijke kool! Geweldige zaak, Onszaden, aanrader!!

R. Knijpstra - 24-06-2017 16:40

8 maanden gewacht op de zaden en meteen gezaaid toen ik ze binnen had. Het duurde even maar de eerst is gekiemd en nu voorzichtig het kleine Marmerbes je verder opkweken

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