Marigold seed,what happened?

mollyzone5April 6, 2006

I collected dried seed pods last year from the double Marigolds,8 inches tall that I had in planters.I dried them well on paper plates before storing in envelopes.Now I potted some up and after a week,nothing came up.I dug out some of the seeds and they still looked the same as they did when I planted them.As I looked at the seed in the envelope I can see that the black part of the seed is very bendable,and not stiff with a pointed sharp end like they should be.I still have some pods on plants that didn't get taken out of the planters last fall,and these look better than what I collected,even after being outside all winter.I have been collecting seed for years and have never seen this before.The seeds I grew these plants from are from collected seed.Any ideas what caused this?I have potted up some of the seed from outside and will know soon whether they germinate or not.Thanks for any advice.

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magus(8a BC)

Do you mean never seen the bendable seeds? They happen quite frequently, it seems. Composite (to which marigolds belong) flowers are a composite (hence the name) of many tiny florets. I suppose if not all of them got pollinated, then not all of them will form viable seeds. It also seems that the proportion that gets pollinated can vary dramatically from one species to the next. Marigolds tend to produce lots of viable seeds. Stevias produce very few (proportionally), as do celmisias (about 90% of seed packets of this genus I get are completely devoid of viable seeds for some reason, and those that do have viable seeds usually contain only about two or three viable seeds). I guess it also depends on how often the flowers get visited by pollinators. Hope this sheds some light on the matter.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2006 at 4:03AM
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Hi,This interests me and I have heard two directions for colecting one states to take plant just when it's faded others say to let the bloom dire compleatly on plant befor colecting.
I also would like to add that I bougth some poor bendable seeds on ebay my own seeds are jet black and sturdy however to my bigg suprise they no name seds germinated just as well as my thomson morgan seeds.Keep in mind soil temp and moisture level I always start indooors so I can controle both of them.

if you collected seeds from a hybrid plant they would not have turned out like the parent plant anyway.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2006 at 4:53PM
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I think it's best to let them die completely on the plants before pulling off. My kids though arn't quite that patient and have decent luck planting ones that haven't dried completely. I guess my point is that it may not really matter. I just try not to let thsem freeze.

Here is a link that might be useful: Marigold Seeds

    Bookmark   October 26, 2008 at 3:34PM
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