Where are impatiens seeds?

kqcrna(z6 SW Oh)August 28, 2005

I've been searching for seeds on impatiens and new guineas all summer. They obviosly drop seeds because babies are coming up nearby. But I can't find seeds for the life of me. When flowers fade they just seem to disappear!

And how about verbena? When flowers fade hairy little sticks remain. What part is the seed? I bought a homestead purple one this year which is gorgeous and supposed to be perennial here, but I'd like to have some seeds in case it doesn't survive winter.

Obviously I'm a novice at this. I've collected lots of seeds from nicotiana and melampodium. And I finally found a pod on nasturtium. I have four big plants and have been looking for seeds all summer, but finally found my first pod. I think it might be ready to snip today - it's light tan. Is it ripe now? I'm afraid if I wait too long it will fall off and I won't be able to find it.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Karen

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Maureen Janda

Nasturtium seeds are the easiest to see. They're large, about the size of a pea, not in pods, usually in groups of three like a pawn shop symbol. If they're tan and beginning to wrinkle, they'll germinate. I've had success with picking them green and just scattering them where I want them, or letting them dry and then tossing them around.
Impatiens have pods which spring open and shoot the tiny seeds with force. The first time I realized this was when I put my hand into a plant in the summer and thought at first something had stung me, but it was just the pods shooting out the seeds when my hand "set them off". The pods are green, sort of triangular, at the end of the stem, and they explode before they ever turn brown.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2005 at 9:17PM
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kqcrna(z6 SW Oh)

Thank you. I'll search again tomorrow in the sunshine

    Bookmark   August 31, 2005 at 9:59PM
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brenda_near_eno(Z7a)

Yep, that's why one common name for Impatiens is "Touch Me Nots." Pods spring open.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2005 at 2:03PM
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kqcrna(z6 SW Oh)

Thank you. I found them. Although they were on my neighbors flowers, he wasn't home...he'll never miss them!

    Bookmark   September 6, 2005 at 8:51PM
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