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How to Pollinate Eternity Plant:
Increase Your Yield

Updated: April 9, 2022

Eternity plant is a popular houseplant that has gained popularity due to its longevity and unique appearance. This plant is also known as the Zamioculcas zamiifolia and it is native to East Africa. It is a slow-growing plant that can reach up to three feet tall and three feet wide. The Eternity plant has dark green, glossy leaves that are pinnate, meaning they grow in pairs along a central stem. One of the ways to increase your yield of this plant is by pollination.

Pollination is the process whereby pollen grains from the male flowers are transferred to the female flowers, resulting in the production of seeds. In this article, we will discuss how to pollinate eternity plant and increase your yield.

How to Identify Male and Female Flowers

Before you can pollinate eternity plants, you need to know how to identify male and female flowers. The male flowers are small, yellowish-brown, and grow on a long stalk. They have a single stamen that produces pollen grains. The female flowers are larger, greenish-yellow, and grow on a shorter stalk. They have a stigma that is sticky and receptive to pollen grains.

Steps for Pollinating Eternity Plant

  1. Identify the male and female flowers: As mentioned earlier, you need to identify the male and female flowers first.

  2. Collect pollen grains: Use a small brush or a cotton swab to collect pollen grains from the stamen of the male flower.

  3. Transfer pollen grains: Gently transfer the collected pollen grains onto the stigma of the female flower. Be careful not to damage the stigma.

  4. Repeat the process: Repeat this process on all the female flowers in your eternity plant.

  5. Wait for seed production: After pollination, you need to wait for seed production. This can take a few weeks or months, depending on the plant’s growth rate.

Tips for Successful Pollination

  • Choose healthy plants: Healthy plants have a higher chance of producing viable seeds.

  • Pollinate during the flowering period: Pollination should be done during the plant’s flowering period.

  • Use a clean brush or cotton swab: To avoid contamination, use a clean brush or cotton swab when collecting and transferring pollen grains.

  • Be gentle: Pollination should be done gently to avoid damaging the stigma or flowers.


Q. Can I pollinate my eternity plant even if it’s not flowering?

A. No, you cannot pollinate your eternity plant unless it’s in its flowering period.

Q. How long does it take for eternity plants to flower?

A. Eternity plants usually start flowering after they reach maturity, which can take 2-3 years.

Q. How often should I pollinate my eternity plant?

A. You only need to pollinate your eternity plant once during the flowering period.

Q. Can I use my fingers to transfer pollen grains instead of a brush or cotton swab?

A. It’s not recommended to use your fingers as they can introduce bacteria or damage the flowers.

Q. Can I cross-pollinate my eternity plant with other plants?

A. No, eternity plants can only be pollinated with their own species.

In conclusion, pollinating your eternity plant is an easy process that can help increase your yield. By following the steps discussed above and using the tips provided, you can successfully pollinate your eternity plant and enjoy a bountiful harvest.