To whomever reads this
Two or so years ago I got some red tamarillos from my father in law's brother (he has a tree in his yard) and extracted the seeds from one of them to grow my own trees. I had them in little pots and planted a few of them out. I had one stand on its own (let's call her "Lonely") and the other surrounded by friends (Let's call her "Clique"). Lonely grew fine while Clique and her friends were a little slower, but (possibly due to being more exposed and therefore accessible as a scratchpost to my cats) Lonely soon slowed down and Clique shot up like there was no tomorrow (Clique is the only one in her friend group to bare any fruit thusfar but she does so in scores while Lonely has only given me about three to five in total)
Now I am moving house and definitely want to raise some of Lonely or Clique's children at the new place. My current neighbour has the orange/yellow variety tree in his yard, and I want some of hers as well.
Here's where my question comes in: Trying to germinate the new generation has given me zero success. The seeds get mold before they germinate. What can I do to prevent this? I tried using the seeds as is, as well as getting rid of the pulp around the seeds first. Both gave the same result.
I saw on this site I can put the seeds in some water and let them ferment a few days, so I'm trying that now. But are there any other hints that you can think of? I tried using less water on my second batch as I read that too much water encourages mold, but the seeds would dry out too quickly, so I increased the amount of water and they just molded again. Today is day 1 of the three day fermentation, and once the babies come out of the water I hope I can have some extra hints to ensure their success
Thanking you in advance