Datura seed pods

gabehart(5a OH)April 7, 2005

Hello all

I saved Datura pods form last season in the garage. Now the little spike balls are moldy. Will the seeds still be viable. I cracked open one pod and some seeds looked normal and others blackened. What did I do wrong?

Thanks mucho

Abby

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webkat5(Z6a MO)

The pod itself contains quite a bit of moisture (it is the fruit)...probably shouldn't try to save them while they are in their pods....were the pods dried when you picked them? Had they already cracked open naturally?
You will want to wait until the pod cracks open to collect the seeds...Then store them in paper envelopes for a while or....you can tie some panty hose around the pod when it has reached full size and then just wait until the pod cracks, then untie the pantyhose.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2005 at 4:41PM
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SunshineAnnieDeb(5)

The pods are quite meaty. I just wait until they pop open and then peel it away from the seeds. It looks like a brain or something! And don't they smell like stinky feet! Just planted some more today. None have sprouted yet tho....hoping.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2005 at 5:06PM
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Stellinate(5 OH)

What do you have to lose by trying? I had the same thing happen in my zone 5b Ohio garage before. Many of the seeds sprouted anyway that year. I'd say your 'normal' looking seeds may have made it. I guess that's why each plant gives you what seems like billions of seeds.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2005 at 8:50AM
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greenpassion(z4-z5 VT)

This is to webcat5. I have prickly pods on my daturas that have opened up and spilled the seeds onto the soil of the pots they're in. I had no idea they were ready. I had been told to wait until the pods were brown and dried, like castor bean pods. These never browned. I noticed the little orangeish seeds this morning when watering. Should I collect the other pods which haven't yet opened up and get the seeds out myself-or wait and just collect the spilled seeds from the soil surface and the gravel? (The planters are on a wide gravel border surrounding the wooden deck it's self, for plants to set.) I have also discovered that cutting root really well in just plain water. So well that the cuttings with blossoms on them actually bloomed. Still, I want to start some from seed...

    Bookmark   August 22, 2010 at 9:05AM
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remy_gw

Hi Greenpassion,
I'm answering because this post is from 2005 and WebKat doesn't come around anymore. Don't collect the unopened seed pods. You want them to be completely ripe or the seed won't be as viable. WebKat did say an easy way to collect seed because when the pods are ready, the seed will often fall out onto the soil which you have found out - "you can tie some pantyhose around the pod when it has reached full size and then just wait until the pod cracks, then untie the pantyhose." Organza gift bags also work well. If there's no chance of rain in the near future, a bowl under the pods also works well.
Hope that helps,
Remy

    Bookmark   August 22, 2010 at 12:52PM
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nopets(6)

A neighbor gave me these and I was wondering if I could keep them in the bag or should I spread them out on a newspaper on the counter, we have no children and no pets.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 11:00AM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

A neighbor gave me these and I was wondering if I could keep them in the bag or should I spread them out on a newspaper on the counter, we have no children and no pets.
Those seed pods should not have been harvested while they were green. Most likely the seeds in them are immature and/or will not be viable when planted.

If possible I would suggest you telling the neighbor that they should be dried and starting to crack open before the seed pods are picked off. There are numerous seeds in each pod, so it they are just for yourself, chances are that one pod would have more seeds than what you would ever need to plant in one season.

Please read the posts above, particularly the one by Remy.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 12:59PM
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TangoMio

I a full plant of dature pods....and 3 different angel trumpets that have some pods on them......So I'm new at this gardening stuff and the whole trumpet business as well.....so I am wondering......
a)when do I pick the pods off the plants
b)is there a way I can save them for spring to start growing? That would be best right?
The Datura pods seem like the coloring is a lot different than the angels.....What am I looking for when I am going to pluck it? Sorry I am such a newbie!

    Bookmark   December 26, 2012 at 9:47AM
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ladyrose65

I pull my pods off when they are green and I put them into a brown grocery bag to ripen. Put them in a grocery or lunch bag.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 9:46AM
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wally_1936(8b)

If you want to be sure of a good harvest of seeds you could make make-shift bags from nylon mesh and wait until they start to open before you harvest them.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 10:00AM
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