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Harvesting Seeds from Bluebell Flower

Posted by PunkGardner 9 (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 30, 14 at 22:54

I would like to save some seeds from a California Bluebell flower. The plant has these lantern-like structures after the flowers fall off (see pic), and inside each is a bunch of very small white balls, which I can only assume are the seeds.
Getting these little guys out is a pain, and they are all very moist.
My question is this- should I just pick off each little lantern for saving, or do I need to open them and dry out the little white ones? Can I plant that lantern or do I need to spread the little white ones?

Thanks!


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RE: Harvesting Seeds from Bluebell Flower

Phacelia campanularia. The pods in the picture aren't ripe. If the seeds inside are still white and moist they are clearly not ripe. You need to leave the pods on the plant longer until they are brown, dry and start to open by themselves. The seeds should like this when ripe:

Here is a link that might be useful: Phacelia campanularia


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RE: Harvesting Seeds from Bluebell Flower

Thanks a lot! I probably don't really need to save these as they will fall all over anyway, but being new to saving, I am getting geeked on it.


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