Morning Glory Seeds

cribscreek(z7/8 NC)October 17, 2005

Hi all,

I'm sure this will look like a really dumb question to anyone who saves seeds alot, but I'm new at it and I need a little help. I waited for the morning glory vine to pretty much bloom out and got a ladder to collect the seed pods in a styrofoam cup. The next day, I started separating the seeds and found that many of them, a very high percentage, have a tadpole tail on them. Is this where they were connected to the pod, or has the seed germinated? Is this seed still viable?

Trying to learn, thanks

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Well this is my first year growing morning glorys too. And here's my experience. I wait until the pod turns brown and when I squeeze it, the black seeds pop out. There are lots of seeds in each pod.

Hope this helps!


    Bookmark   October 17, 2005 at 2:27PM
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I had a few like that also, something I'd never seen in the past. Same with my asclepias. I threw those seeds out; I'm assuming with all the rain we recently had, they started sprouting. I'm sure someone with more knowledge will answer...

    Bookmark   October 17, 2005 at 2:31PM
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I've grown morning glories for years.
After the pod is dry-brown
pinch the pod and the white/black seeds fall out.
on a paper plate chaff & seeds mixed
go outside and gently blow on the plate
this will dechaff your seeds then put in bag and your ready for trading.

I cant say Ive ever collected any with little tails...
I would take a guess that they are starting to sprout.
Once they start if they aren't planted right away, they aren't any gd.
If you leave the pods right on the vine, they will fall out themselves and reseed... way to many vines for the next year.

Here is a link that might be useful: Plant Traders

    Bookmark   October 23, 2005 at 10:56AM
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cribscreek(z7/8 NC)

Thanks so much for the replies. I have cut the vines down and put them inside to dry because I did find a lot of seeds that were ok. Next year I'll keep a closer eye on them but this is my first year seed collecting so I am learning a lot of new things. I have seed from one end of my house to the other lol, but its a great learning experience and I'm sure I'll be doing a lot more of this in the future.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2005 at 1:34AM
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cjsmith(z6 SE MA)

Another question:

So we had a frost here the other night, and the vines are shrivelling. There are still tons on not yet ripe seeds on them. Are those seeds a lost cause or will they still ripen?


    Bookmark   October 28, 2005 at 8:43AM
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