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How to Pollinate Chocolate Soldier Plant:
Increase Your Yield

Updated: October 10, 2022

Chocolate soldier plant, also known as Episcia cupreata, is a beautiful houseplant with small, heart-shaped leaves and delicate pink or purple flowers. While it’s easy to care for, many gardeners struggle with getting their chocolate soldier plant to produce fruit. The key to a successful harvest is proper pollination. In this article, we’ll discuss how to pollinate your chocolate soldier plant to increase yield.

Understanding Chocolate Soldier Plant Pollination

Chocolate soldier plants are self-pollinating, which means they don’t require a pollinator to produce fruit. However, they do rely on wind or vibration to move pollen from the stamen (male) to the pistil (female) parts of the flower.

Steps for Pollinating Chocolate Soldier Plant

Here are the simple steps you can follow to pollinate your chocolate soldier plant:

Step 1: Identify the Flowers

Chocolate soldier plants have small flowers that bloom close to the base of the plant. Look for pink or purple flowers with five petals that appear in clusters.

Step 2: Locate the Stamen and Pistil

The stamen is the male part of the flower that produces pollen. Look for a small, yellowish-brown structure in the center of the flower. The pistil is the female part of the flower that receives pollen. It looks like a long, slender stalk with a bulbous tip at the end.

Step 3: Transfer Pollen

Gently brush a small paintbrush or cotton swab against the stamen to collect pollen. Then, transfer the collected pollen to the pistil by gently rubbing it against the stigma at the end of the stalk.

Step 4: Repeat

Repeat this process on all of your chocolate soldier plant flowers every few days until you see fruit beginning to form.

Tips for Successful Pollination

Here are some tips to help you successfully pollinate your chocolate soldier plant:

  • Pollinate in the morning when the flowers are fresh and the pollen is most abundant.
  • Use a small, soft-bristled paintbrush or cotton swab to avoid damaging the flower.
  • Be gentle when transferring pollen to avoid breaking the fragile stalks.
  • Pollinate every few days until fruit begins to form.


Can I use my finger instead of a paintbrush or cotton swab to pollinate?

Yes, but it’s not recommended. Your finger may be too rough and could damage the delicate flower.

How long will it take for my chocolate soldier plant to produce fruit after pollination?

It can take several months for fruit to form after pollination. Be patient and continue to care for your plant regularly.

Can I pollinate my chocolate soldier plant with another variety of Episcia cupreata?

No, chocolate soldier plants are self-pollinating and don’t require a different variety for pollination.

What should I do if my chocolate soldier plant isn’t producing fruit even after pollination?

Make sure your plant is getting enough light, water, and nutrients. Also, try gently shaking the plant to help move pollen around.

In conclusion, pollinating your chocolate soldier plant is a simple process that can lead to an increase in yield. By following these steps and tips, you’ll be on your way to a successful harvest in no time. Happy gardening!

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