I Got Seeds!
Woo-hoo, I managed to finally collect seeds from my h. niger. I also have a few seeds from a really dark red/purple h. hybridus. That one's seeds are ripening very sporadically, so I hope to have more over the next month.
I missed getting any seeds last year because the seed pods dropped all their seeds when I wasn't looking. This year I cut up nylons and tied little hoodies over the seedpods so I wouldn't lose the seeds again.
I am experimenting with some of the H. niger seeds. I folded them into a damp paper towel and then put that in a plasic baggie with a few holes punched in it and am monitoring it at room temp. Trying to simulate the warm phase needed before the cold phase of seed germination.