Return to the Seed Saving Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Collecting black cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa) seeds

Posted by beatrice_outdoors 6a MA (My Page) on
Thu, Jan 12, 12 at 13:59

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to collect black cohosh seeds? I have tried for two years running with some, but not great success, waiting for he pods to turn brown, dry, and open slightly before collecting. The first year I got NOTHING.

The second year I waited longer, but because so many of the pods had opened so far, when shaken I could hear seeds rattling around, and only a few of the pods had seeds, I harvested the entire batch. I was afraid I had missed the "good" harvesting time and was collecting only the dregs of what was left.

What I ended up with were a lot of very immature seeds, and a small batch of those that were ready. I was still on the early side of the "good" harvest time, not the late.

I'm thinking of wrapping the leg of a cutoff pantyhose around the frond and just letting it do it's thing next year, and not even thinking about it until the plant dies back. Thinking about how that will look has me laughing, though.

I'd love to hear any suggestions how to be more successful in my seed collecting of this plant. At least I have the one plant that is getting bigger-last resort will be to split it in another few years.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Seed Saving Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here