How do I tell when my seeds are ripe?

msbattMarch 30, 2012

We've been having some really strangely warm weather here, and I have a very dark hellebore I really want to save seeds from. Some of the flowers have seed pods on then the size of a Great Northern bean already, while others are just barely visible yet. How do I know when to pick 'em? I want to let them get fully ripe, but I don't want to let them drop before I can gather them.

Any tips? Can I 'bag' the flower with an old stocking or something?

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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Absolutely - bag 'em.:) I use a square of nylon stocking and a twist tie.

The pod will begin to look a little more dry and begin to split along the 'seam' when the seeds are ripe.

I think it must be early to start watching for ripe seed - here where our Spring is always cool (coastal Washington) I can still be harvesting seeds in late June.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   March 30, 2012 at 11:55AM
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msbatt

We went from winter to summer without passing Go or collecting $200. (*grin*) It does seem early, but when I looked and saw those huge seedpods, I figured it was time to do some research.

Thanks!

    Bookmark   March 30, 2012 at 4:03PM
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