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False Indigo Seed Pods (Propagation from Seed)

Posted by JohnFromPerryCoPA zone 6 scPA (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 25, 05 at 9:36

I have a false indigo plant with lots of green seed pods developing. If I remember last years crop, they turned black. From some reading about the subject plant, I recall that false indigo is difficult to divide and transplant from root/plant divisions. Has anyone had success collecting the seed and growing the plant from seed? Do the seeds need to be stratified or handled in any special way before planting?


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RE: False Indigo Seed Pods (Propagation from Seed)

It's quite easy. Boil water, pour water in a mug or cup, and place seeds in very hot water, and allow seeds to soak overnight.
Seeds will germinated close to 100% within a week when sown in potting mix.
This method works with almost any pea family member including Cercis, Baptisia, Thermopsis, Indigofera, etc.


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RE: False Indigo Seed Pods (Propagation from Seed)

Carol: That is really interesting. I will cross-post your suggestion on the National Home Gardening Club website as well.


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RE: False Indigo Seed Pods (Propagation from Seed)

Do the seed pods have to turn black or can one propagate with this method using pods that are still green?


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RE: False Indigo Seed Pods (Propagation from Seed)

My false indigo comes from division. I bought it from someone who sells perrenials from her garden. I've had the one I bought from her for 4 years and plan to divide mine this fall.


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RE: False Indigo Seed Pods (Propagation from Seed)

When do you plant the seeds? August, September? or in the spring? My plant is getting huge, and I have a lot of the seed pods, and would give it a try-starting from seeds. Thank you.


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