When my kangkong plants started flowering in March this year, I finally made the mental connection of where we get the seeds to grow the plants from. Since then, I’ve been observing the plants to see what happened next.
After the flower blooms and drops off, a small fruit starts growing. It keeps growing for about a month before it starts drying up.
The dried fruit doesn’t seem to drop off easily. There are several of them left on the plants, and they’ve been hanging there for a few weeks already.
Because I couldn’t wait, I plucked a few of the turnip-shaped pods and peeled them open. The skin covering them was quite papery and tough. Each pod contained between 3 to 5 seeds in individual segments.
Naturally, since I had seeds in hand, literally, I tossed them into a pot. To my joy, several started sprouting after just a few days! I did learn then that you shouldn’t surface sow them. However, I’m satisfied now that I’ve followed the full life cycle from seed to leaf to fruit and back to seed. 8)