Pericallis X hybrida, Florist's Cineraria?

redthreaddiy(6a MI)April 27, 2010

I have Cinerarias, and I have never collected seeds from a flower before!

I'm 'guessing' that the yellow tops are the seeds and the white tops are the seeds that aren't ripe yet?

Or maybe the seeds are in the pouch looking thing underneath the flower?

How do I know when I can collect the seeds? When will I know when they are ripe enough to gather?

Should I use a paper bag or something? So clueless!

Here is a photo of what they look like:

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remy_gw

Hi Red,
I had hoped someone would post to this because I have received cineraria seeds in trades in the past. I've not actually saved seed from them myself. Anyway, I'll help you best I can : )
There are no seeds in your pictures. The yellow parts are flower parts that are ready to reproduce. The plant is attracting insects. The very middle either is not ready yet, or won't ever be. Some plants have a ring of fertile parts around sterile parts.
When the flowers get old and die, if they have been fertilized, seeds will develop in the base of where the flowers used to be. That will become dry over time. How long depends on the plant. Usually where the base attaches to the stem dies when the seeds are ready in this type of seed production, but not always so I can't say for sure. Keep checking and if you think they are ready pick one and see. There's a pic on the link. The seeds are tiny little stick type seeds.
Hope that helps,
Remy

Here is a link that might be useful: Cineraria Seeds Ready to pick

    Bookmark   April 30, 2010 at 8:17AM
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