Are my morning glory seeds viable?

tastefullyjulie(Lewiston, NY 6)March 13, 2006

Hi,

I am a newbie to seed collecting and saving. I've only ever saved the seeds from my hollyhocks in the fall and that was easy. Anyway, I was doing a little spring clean up this weekend and when I started to cut down the old brown morning glory vine from last summer I noticed the little black seeds falling out of the pods. So then I got a paper bag and collected all the pods in there. I removed the seeds. Most of the pods were dry and crisp and the seeds looked good and black. Some of the pods were moist and inside those the seeds appeared moldy.

So, to make a short story long, Are the dry, black seeds still good? They definitely froze on the vine this winter a couple times.

Thanks!

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magus(8a BC)

They should still be okay. But any way you look at it, why not give them a try? They shouldn't take too long to germinate.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2006 at 10:29PM
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Nurmey(5 Omaha, NE)

Freezing will not hurt the seeds and you may have a zillion or two plants that grow from the seeds that got away during the winter. :o)

    Bookmark   March 16, 2006 at 11:29PM
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tastefullyjulie(Lewiston, NY 6)

In addition to the gazillion seeds I have been harvesting :)

Thanks for the info!

    Bookmark   March 17, 2006 at 9:18AM
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RuthieG__TX(z8 TX)

My thoughts too...If you had a morning glory vine...don't worry...this year you will have plenty that pop up ...I love Morning glory...

    Bookmark   April 16, 2006 at 8:39PM
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deederbug(zone 5)

OH YES!
You grow 1 morning glory plant, and you've got'em for years in massive doses! I have them growing into established plants and whatever is climbable. They're like an infestation.
So in answer to your question and to add more graphics to the previous responses, pitch the mold - start seeds only if you want to sell the plants (and/or dig up all starters that have self seeded)to gain a profit or help control the vine population - and if you want less next year, pull down plants before seed pods dry and open up to drop 4-5 more seeds that will require repeated maintenance.
I'm learning this again with a wormwood that shot a hundred babies from the mother root. - aargh!
good luck.
Deederbug

    Bookmark   April 23, 2006 at 11:10AM
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tastefullyjulie(Lewiston, NY 6)

Thanks for all the responses. I am just getting into seed trading/exchanging so I thought about saving some of the seeds for that but I didn't want to send anybody a bunch of dud seeds.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2006 at 12:54AM
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north210

I also thought about collecting my morning glory seeds to sell, then discovered that the sale of these seeds may start to be monitered. Apparently it's the latest 'fad' among young people. The seeds provide a similar "experience" to hallucinogenic mushrooms when ingested. To save myself any trouble, I decided not to sell any to someone I didn't know and just keep the rest for my personal garden.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2006 at 6:45PM
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patsyr

Years ago, instead of nicking my seeds I used to freeze seeds in ice cube trays, one seed to each cube. Made for easy planting and also added water. Worked magnificently.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2006 at 12:48PM
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