Tom, I have a 15 year old Burrawang palm that has had three cones. Two have broken apart and the seeds are scattering. I have read your germination articles. I have removed the red fruit from some and have set them up in a small aquarium /greenhouse on a sand base to experiment with germination. I have left them on their side rather than insert them into the medium( not quite sure which way should be up?) and have placed some hessian/burlap over them and placed them under the cycad. I have also set some aside with the fruit on and placed them in a cooler location out of the sun for the future. It seems not all the seeds are the plump and grape like fertilsed ones and I have discarded the empty hollow seeds. I have noticed that on cutting open a few of the grape like fertilised seeds to check, some are dark brown rather than clear-grey. Is this a normal condition or do these dark brown ones show a problem. They as yet have not shown any embryonic hollow and development which I assume is normal. This will develop over time (some months). Any comments would be welcome.
Alan (Sydney Australia)