Well, it's questionable, anyhow...
So, if you've ever left a used coffee-filter + grounds in the pot for a week or so, you've probably seen the mold.
I wasn't not expecting this with this experiment. However, I wasn't particularly planning on the spores. So keep those things contained:
Heh, I thought those photos were better...
Bagged on the left we have magnolia seeds... Half of them were still in their fruit (dried), the other half were actually I think duds. I'm no seed expert, these are just experiments. Interestingly, the fruit-bearing seed 'pods' are molding an orangeish-color, which matches the color of the fruit. The others (in both 'camps') are molding more of a white->green.
Interesting-observation \#2: Before I bagged 'em, the mold was *white* (and blew all over the room whenever breathed on), but after bagging, the mold turned green. Hmm.
Bagged on the right we have pomegranate seeds. These were dried, but the fruit was only removed as best I could between my finger and thumb... I didn't scrub 'em or anything (again, mold-expected).
Side-note: The seedlings sprouted-and-passed at the bottom of the photo are Maple saplings that sprung-up in sidewalk-cracks... I'll throw some notes at the bottom of this log.
So, on mold...
Here's my rationale: There's a reason these things come surrounded in fruit. Fruit, or bird-shit, regardless of its end-result, there's going to be molding and all sorts of other biological-factors some might rather not have in their homes. I'm not particularly disgusted by it, but I also don't want to encourage those spores to spread everywhere making me sneeze, thus the bagging.
I have no idea what "spring" is like for pomegranate-seeds. Nor, really, for magnolias. We're just throwing 'em in seeds on the window-sill and seeing what happens. Maybe nothing, maybe mold, maybe the mold will eventually "digest" the fruit/coffee-grounds into something more-suitable for the seeds... who knows. This is about experimentation to the extent of... "would be cool."
Oh, I've also tried sticking some mushrooms into a pod... (again, I've really no idea what environment they need, nor really the patience to search-fu it up and create such a habitat...)
The mushrooms were dried-on-the-counter by the time I realized I could stick 'em in one of these pods. (Thanks for the suggestion, in the project-comments). So, again, no idea whether they'd revive, or even survive if they'd've been immediately transferred from their original medium to this.
It seems they're not too happy, they were white, now they're black. But they did seem to rehydrate:
Here's a row of Maple seedlings/saplings(?)... The three pots closest to us.
So here's the deal... these guys were growing in sidewalk-cracks this spring... They'd either get weed-wacked or trampled, or even if human-influence wasn't involved, they'd've eventually choked by the cement.
So, here they are. The batch on the left was the first go (this year). The soil (which is kinda the point of talking about 'em here... being that the "soil" of the coffee-pod experiments is... highly unnatural...)
The soil of the left pot is a mixture of whatever I had remaining of some store-bought potting-soil mixed with some store-bought peat-moss. There wasn't enough to fill the pot, so I filled the rest with dirt from the flower-bed.
Now here's the thing... This *exact* mixture (minus dirt from the flower-bed) was mixed/used *last year* with a couple Maple saplings. All but one died early-on, but one sprouted two really nice leaves then died (or did it just pause for the fall/winter? Who knows, we'll see...). Can't quite explain it. Maybe it's not very nutritious with all that peat-moss(?). Or the acidity or something? OTOH, there's some sort of other woody-stalked something or other that sprouted-up on its own... not growing very quickly, but definitely alive.
OK, back to this year's batch (in the photo). On the left, that exact mixture (what remained of it from last year) was...
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