Allamanda Bush

Q: I love my allamanda bush! I have noticed what I think is a spiny seed ball on the plant. What do I do with it?

A: The seedpod looks a lot like a sweetgum ball. Let it stay on the plant until it begins to split. At that time you can clip it off and put it on a paper plate in a sunny window. The pod will continue to split and release several winged seeds. Plant the seeds a half inch deep in very warm soil, which usually doesn’t occur until June.