Morning Glory white seeds??

DrPurple(5A)October 25, 2011

Hey guys. This is my first post here and it is a pleasure to be a part of such a large and wonderful community.

I will save my introduction for another forum (I imagine there is an introduction forum somewhere on here).

My question here is.. I grew morning glory vine flowers (mixed varieties) this year in the backyard. They did amazing. Climbing up and through my cedars and root balls and brick wall.. Beautiful turn out. I am saving seeds this year so I can plant them next year from my stock (YES I read the http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/seedsave/2003111853005623.html and did a search). The thing is that this year I found many beige/tan seeds (about 40% of my harvest this year was beige/tan seeds so far.. I still have another few weeks of harvest). Before you say they are premature/not ripe please read. I did a random test with some beige seeds and they SPROUTED (never mind germination) within 2 days. SO... they ARE viable after all (too many people telling me they are unready/premature seeds). The vine within 4-5 days already has 2 sets of leaves.

What do you think this is all about? Everywhere I read it says the seeds should be black. Are they albino? What would this mean for the resulting flowers from these seeds?

Any input is appreciated. If you need some I can get to uploading some pics. I have not yet done the photo gallery 101 here yet lol.

Happy gardening. Peace

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DrPurple(5A)

By the way.. There is obviously no biased/discrimination when I was emptying the seed pods as the seeds are invisible through the skins. So it isn't like I was going for white ones. It's the natural ratio of seeds my vines produced. The beige-seed pods were every bit as ready as the black-seed pods, and dried the same and all. Thanks!

    Bookmark   October 25, 2011 at 7:12PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Hi, from one purple to another. I don't know the answer to your question, but have observed the same thing although I never tried to sprout any to compare how each color germinated, just saved them for spring. Don't remember noticing the next year if they were still different colors or if all had turned black. I'm sure someone who knows something more will come along soon and share.

I suspect the answer is that as they age, they turn black but are often viable before that happens. Maybe it's exposure to oxygen after the covering cracks open. Good question!

    Bookmark   October 26, 2011 at 10:54AM
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bookjunky4life(5 Central IL)

I have some of my seeds that are a light beige also. I believe they are just as ripe as the black ones. I wouldn't have gathered them if the pods weren't brown and ready for picking.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2011 at 3:49PM
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remy_gw

Some morning glory plants make beige seeds as opposed to the black.
But I do want to point out that this is completely different than the color white. You can try to harvest seeds too early and they will be white irregardless of whether they will be black or beige. This is when the seed casing is still soft and does not crumble easily like when the seeds are viable. At that point, the seeds are not mature enough and have not developed their final color, beige or black.
Remy

    Bookmark   November 10, 2011 at 10:03AM
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GloxiniaLover

I know this is a slightly older post but i thought id add! I bought some mixed morning glory seeds from burpee and was concerned to see about half of them very light beige! I did a germination test with some of them and they had almost perfect germination, i think out of about 8 only 1 did not germinate, which i got a similar number for black!

    Bookmark   January 12, 2012 at 10:26PM
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ransom3

If they are I. purpurea seeds, then it sounds like they are Caprice aka Sidney.Sidney is a light blue flower with a purple star.Really nice. They have light colored seeds. There are some I. tricolors that sometimes produce beige seeds. These would be Flying Saucers and Blue Star.Usually these two varieties have black seeds.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2012 at 9:20AM
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ladyrose65

Dr. Purple sounds like you have a new cross. Some MG's seeds come in beige colors. Check the Vine Forum.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 8:21PM
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wynnho

A strange-leaved and odd flowered-morning glory i found on the side of the road and saved the seed of has very light beige seeds, too. The leaf isn't heart shaped and the leaf is smaller and the vine seems to ramble on the ground more than climb high. The flowers are smaller, too....and lavender...profuse, too.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2015 at 11:10AM
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