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How to save the seeds?

Posted by gardenfanatic MO zone5 (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 17, 04 at 2:17

This is my first year for impatiens, so please forgive my ignorance.

I'm finding what I'm assuming are little green seed pods all around my plants. Can I just take the seeds out of the seed pods that are laying around or do they have to ripen or dry out or something?

I have four different colors of impatiens. Is it possible the seeds might be cross pollinated from the different colors (so they possibly wouldn't have the same flower color as the plant they fell off of)?


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RE: How to save the seeds?

Wait till the pods swell before picking. Take a lunch sack out and pop them in. If they do not pop open close bag and shake, seeds are mature when brown. Now here is where I need help. Storage???? Should I dry the seeds and store in paper envelope dry? Should I store fresh in moist towelin pastic bag in Fridge? Or freezer?

RE: How to save the seeds?

Store them dry in the fridge not the freezer.

RE: How to save the seeds?

Mr. Impatiens - Will the seeds still germinate if the seeds are not stored dry in the fridge? I harvested some seeds last year and had just sow them. Am I wasting my time?

RE: How to save the seeds?

It all depends on which kind they are some have a very short shelf life. If its just the bedding type it should be fine. The Himalayian type like a cold spell. Impatiens balsamina has the longest shelf life that I know of, about two or three years. This allowed it cultivated by many people outside its native area.

RE: How to save the seeds?

Thanks very much, Mr. Impatiens. They are the bedding varieties. I shall wait with bated breath to see whether they will germinate.

Once again, thanks. P

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