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By Eager

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Do you have to let seed pods dry out while still on the plant in garden, or can you collect them while still green?

On plant aqugliea



do i get the answer the next day or when ever?

17 Jun, 2013


Usually when someone knows the answer! Usually you wait for the pods to dry out as they won't be mature enough or they might rot.

17 Jun, 2013


Hi Eager, {love the name,} welcome to G o Y, leave the seed pods to ripen on the plant, but if you don't want them everywhere, keep a careful eye on them, and when they go black, pick them off and sow straight away where you want them, otherwise they will split open and scatter the seeds all over the place.
Btw you can get an answer within a couple of minutes, or you may not get an answer at all, it all depends on whoever sees your question, and whether they can give an answer or not, there's no set time, Derek.

17 Jun, 2013


Well if your talking about the likes of "Lupins" it wouldn't be any good waiting for the seeds to dry in the pod whilst the pods are still on the plant because when the pods dry it curls, then splits and the seeds fall out,

So unless you intend standing guard over such a plant and saving the seeds falling to the ground and then blowing all over the garden the answer is NO.

Let the "Lupin' pods swell and the seeds grow inside the pods, the pod will turn a light brownish colour and become very hard when this happens just squeeze the pod very gently and the seam of the pod will split open and the seeds fall out, store them in a dark container and next spring before sowing "stand them in warm water for 24 hours to soften the hard shell of the seed or if you prefer, rub the seed shell with a bit of sand papaer until you see the green skin of the seed.
Any seeds that float in the water method are dead seeds so chuck them away.

Same goes for tagete's And a lot of other seeds,
a Little prep gose a long way
tagete prep.
I myself take the flower heads off once they show signs of getting past their best but before they can drop the seeds,
After all this is how nature sow's the seeds,
When the flower heads are dry just gently squeeze the bottom of the now dried flower head and the long shape seeds will fall out and are ready for sowing.

Ive verious old biscuit tins for keeping a lot of the seeds i save, and again this time of the year i as the norm have space on the staging in the greenhouse for letting such seeds dry out before putting them in the tins "label & colour".

The finer seeds such as rudbeckia i again dry the heads and shake the very tiny seeds into an envelope and store until needed.
Hope this gives you some idea of how some seeds need collecting and storing.

17 Jun, 2013


Hi Dungy, Eager was asking specifically about Aquelegia seeds, Derek.

17 Jun, 2013


I didn't see where aqulegia was on the question.

17 Jun, 2013


Easy to miss when its in light type at the bottom - I missed as well. Aquilegias usually self set by themselves all over the place. They do not usually come true (ie they probably will be different from the parent)

17 Jun, 2013


I'm treating aquilegias as weeds in my garden now after they self seeded so prolifically they were taking over huge chunks of it! I'd keep a close eye on the seed pods and make sure they don't spread themselves all over the place!

17 Jun, 2013


Yes me too. I don't like the dark maroon colours that have hybridised in the garden.

17 Jun, 2013

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