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Collecting Peony seeds

Posted by lakesidegardner Zn 6 / NJ (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 22, 09 at 21:28

In our garden, we have a pink peony "bush" with the flowers dried off. The flowers have left behind three seed pods per flower and are currently brown. I mean to ask, is it desirable to cut open the pods and hope that the seeds are ripe, or wait until the pods split open, then collect the seeds? Is there a surefire sign?

Thanks for helping.


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RE: Collecting Peony seeds

  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Mon, Aug 24, 09 at 8:49

Hi,
The pods will begin to split. Don't try to open them ahead of time. Good seed will be like black shiny peas. Sometimes you will see tiny seeds(I once received these in trade.) They are no good. For some reason the seed making process went awry after pod formation.
Remy


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My peonies are about to bloom. How long after should I look for the pods to form? I'm assuming these are seeds I'll collect soon instead of in the fall.

Caryl


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  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Fri, May 14, 10 at 23:04

Hi Caryl,
Yes, it will be in summer. Just keep checking on the pods every once in awhile. As I said, they will begin to open when the seeds are ripe.
Oh I did find out that some peonies have other colored seeds so don't let an odd color throw you off.
Remy


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Thanks Remy. This is my first year collecting seed so I've got tons of questions. I'll be using the search option a lot, but probably also bugging you folks on this exchange.

Caryl


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  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Sat, May 15, 10 at 20:23

Caryl,
Don't feel bad for bugging anyone especially after doing a search! Remember I or anyone else is answering because they want to help : )
Remy


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  • Posted by tomva 7-central virginia (My Page) on
    Mon, May 17, 10 at 17:32

does anyone know how long these seed are viable for and how long germination is,I'm guessing they need cold stratification.


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  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Mon, May 17, 10 at 18:07

Tom,
I'm not sure how long they are viable for. I do know they need to be sown like 3 months before frost and left out all winter. So winter sowing in and of itself is not good enough. They are strange in that they will break dormancy during the warm part before frost, but they must go through a cold period to complete the germination process.
Remy


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So Remy, I plant them about August if our last frost is Oct. and leave them out all winter? Mine won't reseed because there's mulch over weedblock underneath them, so I need to collect the seed and do them in a container.

Caryl


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RE: Collecting Peony seeds

  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 3, 10 at 13:06

Hi Caryl,
Yes, plant them in a container. Use one big enough that the soil won't dry out between watering during those frost free months. It doesn't have to be huge, just don't use little perennial starter pots, yogurt cups, etc. Treat it like your other potted plants.
Remy


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RE: Collecting Peony seeds

Thanks.

Caryl


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