Immature (sp) seed question about the verbena

paulan70(5)July 29, 2007

Ok This is really my first time at trying to collect seeds from a verbena plant. I just recently found the seeds. Now here is my question. I am worried that I won't be able to collect the seeds before the pods release them. So what are the chances of an immature (not sure how to spell this) seed producing a plant next spring. And would it be better to wait until the seed pod turns brown before I try to collect the seeds. Which look like little sticks. And another problem is I like the look of a dead headed plant so the urg to dead head is driving me but I want the seeds.

Thanks for any help that you may have.

Paula

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albertar(z7 LINY)

Paula
The verbena seeds if not matured will not produce. You can tell if they are ready to be pulled because the flower head will turn brown. I dead head my verbena during the summer, but as of next month I'll start to allow them to go to seed to save the seeds for next years growing. I just noticed you are in zone 5 and I am in zone 7, we get our first frost here either towards the end of October or early November, that will make all the difference in the world for seed saving.
I hope this helps.
Alberta

    Bookmark   July 30, 2007 at 6:19AM
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paulan70(5)

So how long after the flower drops should I pluck off the seed head? Should I wait for the whole thing to turn brown or should I snip it off when the thing is still green. Thanks

Paula

    Bookmark   July 30, 2007 at 3:23PM
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remy_gw

Hi Paula,
You need to wait for the whole flower to turn brown. You could dead head some, but leave a few that are the least conspicuous to turn brown and save seeds from them.
Remy

    Bookmark   July 30, 2007 at 9:54PM
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paulan70(5)

Ok so after the flower falls off it is safe to cut off the seed head or should I wait a few days. I thought I had to wait until the whole thing (where the flower was) to turn brown to cut to harvest the seeds. The flowers have been off on my plants (not all of them) for around 1 1/2 weeks now. So if I cut off the seed pods and harvest the seeds now they will produce flowers next year. Thanks for the help

Paula

    Bookmark   July 30, 2007 at 10:04PM
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remy_gw

Paula,
You have to wait for where the flowers were to turn brown.
Remy

    Bookmark   July 31, 2007 at 10:15AM
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AshleyG

Lol, now I'm confused. I've noticed that the part where the flower comes out of will be tightly closed if it hasn't bloomed yet, then it flowers and opens and when the flowers die off, it's very opened and spread out. THAT is the part that has to turn brown right? About how long after the flowers fall off does that take? It seems like mine are taking forever to turn brown once the flowers fall.
I'm in zone 6, should I stop dead heading soon?

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 9:44AM
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randarand97

So how long after the flower drops should I pluck off the seed head? Should I wait for the whole thing to turn brown or should I snip it off when the thing is still green. Thanks

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    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 2:00PM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

The length of time you need to wait will vary from one type of plant to another and also with the weather. Seeds develop faster in dry sunny weather. You really just need to go out and check to see if the seed pods have developed or if there is ripe seed present. I've not saved seed from verbena, so I'm not familiar with it's time frame or the appearance of the seed-release mechanism.

Martha

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 8:40AM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

You could assure yourself of getting seed by putting an old knee-high stocking over one or more spent blossoms before they turn brown. Just leave the stocking tied tightly around the stem(s) until they're brown and then bring the whole thing inside to tear apart and find the seeds.

Martha

    Bookmark   October 6, 2013 at 8:36AM
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