Oleander Seeds

west_texas_peg(8a West Cen TX)October 6, 2006

I have a Pink Oleander that has seed pods. Must I wait for them to turn brown and split before I harvest them? Seems when I wait to that stage I lose them.

Peggy

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alisonoz_gw

Yes you are best to wait till they are fully ripe if you can.
If by "lose them" you mean the pod breaks and the seed floats away, put a loose rubber band round the pod, or tie a little garden twine round the middle of the pod, with just a tiny bit of slack. Keep an eye out and when brown and starting to show signs of splitting, you can remove the pod without the seed having been shed. Add a bit of bright coloured wool or something to remind you to check occasionally.
They may not grow true to colour from seed.
Handle carefully, all parts of Oleander are poisonous.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2006 at 5:32AM
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west_texas_peg(8a West Cen TX)

Thanks for the reply!

I finally broke one open to see how ripe it was; it wasn't LOL so I have promised the person I will send when they are ripe.

I'm very careful when handling oleanders and moonflower.

Peggy

    Bookmark   October 24, 2006 at 9:38PM
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west_texas_peg(8a West Cen TX)

This weekend I found a pod on the ground at the base of the oleander, it had opened and the seeds were starting to take wing. I brought it in and it is safely in an envelope now!

Peggy

    Bookmark   October 30, 2006 at 9:38AM
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