Asarina scandens seed in zone 5/6

roflol(Z6 MO)October 31, 2008

The climbing snapdragon vines are still growing, despite the frost/freeze? recently (I moved them to a warm spot near the furnace exhaust, maybe that helped). There are seed pods that are still green. Should I bring this plant in? I presume the seed pods should be completely dry and brown before trying to get seeds from them. I loved this plant and want to try it again next year, only more of it! Thanks in advance for any advice. :]

Terri

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roflol(Z6 MO)

Update!

I brought the baskets in and have kept an eye on the pods. There were probably six or seven fat ones to start with, and it seemed they had not changed for a long time outside so I pulled one off and opened it up. There were a lot of tiny white pellets in it. I presume those were unripe seeds (darn my impatience!). So the rest I left alone. Between my post at the end of October and today, all but one of the rest have dried to the point where I could either look into the end and *see* the black inside, or squeeze slightly and feel the dryness/hear the crackly dryness. At that point, most if not all of the seeds are dry and black and, presumably, ripe. I am currently awaiting the ripening of one last pod.

In the meantime, apparently some seeds fell into the soil and germinated at different points and there is good growth there so I will be growing these guys in the house over the winter and will have, hopefully, some good bushy baskets of violet snapdragon vine started for the springtime.

I am hopeful that next year I will have enough seed to share; there were not loads of flowers on my plants, and it would seem that not all the flowers were pollinated well enough to produce seed. Plus this summer these plants shared the baskets with balsam impatiens... next year, they get the baskets all to themselves. The balsam will go in the kids' garden, those were fun little poppers at harvest time - really taught a light touch!

:-)

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 12:45PM
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remy_gw

Great news! Dry and black is what you want : )
I brought mine in also. Last I checked, I still had closed green pods. I need to look again.
Remy

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 8:48PM
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roflol(Z6 MO)

Forgot to mention, in case anybody is wondering - the pods on mine never changed color during the ripening process, they stayed green... they just get dry feeling and sometimes there was an opening at the end - sort of a black peep hole.

Yesterday, that final pod was closed up, and this afternoon after I posted the previous message the black hole had opened and I harvested black seeds from the pod.

The seeds are easily ejected from the pod, so it would not surprise me if a few seeds escape from the pod between the time that hole opens in the pod to when I actually find it; this would certainly explain the new plants in the basket. :]

Remy, I've been checking just about every day for the past month. I'm relieved that all of the pods are done - my seed harvesting is finally done for the year!

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 10:10PM
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