When to harvest my Castor bean seeds?

hengal(z5 / IN)November 19, 2007

Hi all. I have a beautiful red castor bean plant that has just now wilted due to the cold weather. The seed pods are not dark brown and dried up yet so I haven't havested them. I want to make sure they have fully formed viable seeds for next year. I'm afraid the freeze may destroy the seeds, however, like I said, they are not completely dried yet. Do I leave them on the plant or should I cut them off and dry them inside?

Thanks!

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trudi_d

Cut off the withered pods and bring them inside to dry on a plate--make sure it's somewhere that no people or pets can get to it. Sometimes there's enough moisture and nutrients left in a stem to finsih the maturation of seeds--but sometime's there's not. In a couple of weeks check the pods and see if the seeds inside are firm, if so remove and store them until sowing. If you can spare any do a germination test before sowing the whole batch to avoid dissapointments.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2007 at 7:31PM
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rootdiggernc(Z-7A NC)

I'm drying some myself right now and was told that they'll pop open and fly across the room so keep them in paper sack or something to contain them.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2007 at 8:09PM
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hengal(z5 / IN)

Guess I'd better check on them tonight! I cut the pods off of the stems about a week ago and put them up where the cats can't get to them. They were drying pretty nicely - guess I'd better make sure none have popped. :)

    Bookmark   November 30, 2007 at 8:11AM
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