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Trouble finding Dianthus' seed pods

Posted by broodyjen z6 KY (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 27, 05 at 23:38

This is my first year saving seeds, and I have to admit, I never even NOTICED seed pods on flowers before. I have managed to collect seeds from my pansies and my petunias (MAN those guys are tiny), but I am having trouble finding seeds on my dianthus. All I see are what looks like the dried up petals that have closed back up. No swellings around the base of the flowers or anything like that. Can someone please descibe to me where to find the seeds?

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RE: Trouble finding Dianthus' seed pods

Scroll down for dianthus. They're easy to see, once they begin to form.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Seed Site

RE: Trouble finding Dianthus' seed pods

I just tried to collect some of these yesterday. And realised I had picked too early. I did have some swollen buds with immature seeds so know where to look for them now. Maybe you can pick a seed head or two and look and maybe find where they will grow too. The longer the flower has been dead the more likely you'll be able to find this.

I picked the whole dead flower head off... carefully pulled away the petels of the dead flower. Inside of those petels you should see a swollen pod (mine were still green cause they were not ripe seeds...when ripe they should be brown). If yours are not ripe like mine were not you may be able to see the immature seeds still though for future reference. Open up that pod and you will see clearish/white itty bitty tiny balls (look hard!) those were the immature seeds. Now I know to wait longer and check on progress of the plant till I find the seeds are dark one day.

RE: Trouble finding Dianthus' seed pods

I collected seed from mine last fall.Once the flowers have dried right up to little brown sticks the seed just pours right out in your hand.I have planted some for plants for next year and they all germinated well.

RE: Trouble finding Dianthus' seed pods

I just collected a bunch of these from my grandmothers garden today. When the flowers are dried up and turn brown, just pick them off, put them in a ziploc bag, and shake. They'll fall right out. Then I pour them into a strainer with a bowl underneath and all of the chaff stays in the strainer while the seeds fall into the bowl. Easy!

RE: Trouble finding Dianthus' seed pods

Thank you all. Now, if I can just keep my Dianthus alive during this dought/heatwave....

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