So what exactly is a Sea Bean, anyway? Well, Sea
Beans are Drift Seeds, but not all Drift Seeds are Sea Beans. Sea Beans are but one type of Drift Seed. They are
called Drift Seeds because they drift upon the ocean and are carried vast distances until they find a new place
to take hold of and grow. A Coconut is a Drift Seed.
Many plants start their life by drifting on the sea or being carried by birds and other animals. Some seeds make
it and some do not - its can be a matter of luck and fortune that determines if these seeds eventually take root
These seeds come from Trees and Tropical Vines in far off places where they are often carried by rivers to the
Sea. With luck, they eventually wind up here. These seeds are Hard Coat Seeds, which means they have a hard outer
layer. If one intends to grow these seeds, they must be carefully prepared first. The process is called Scarification,
and is a widely used technique for preparing many types of hard coated seeds. Moisture must penetrate into the
seeds in order for them to germinate.
A great source for Sea Bean information is Sea Bean.com.
Remember, Sea Beans are tropical plant seeds that can be difficult to germinate. Its all a matter of luck. You
can't simply plant these seeds; they must be prepared, first. I will provide some information that can help you
should your desire be to grow a nice Tropical Planet. No guarantees, however. Should you wish to order, just click
on the link to the left or go here.
Many of the folks who purchase these Sea Hearts do so to make jewelry. Natives often make necklaces with these
seeds, and consider them lucky. They are often polished and painted, and are very easy to drill for beading.
It is interesting to know that some Sea Beans can remain alive and viable for many of years. There are stories
about Drift Seeds being found that were very old, yet sprouted when an attempt was made to grow them. Some say
seeds were found in anicent burial areas that were germinated. I am not too sure about those stories,but it is
an interesting thought, anyway. We do know that a Drift Seed can survive a long journey and months in the ocean
- their hard seed coat seems to serve them well.
Thanks for visiting, and as always, feel free to e-mail me should you
have any questions.