Help Please -How to properly gather seeds

Discussion in 'Plant Propagation' started by ulchi, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. ulchi

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    I have recently grown the Rhody species "R. Tomentosm". These seeds came from the Amur river region in southeastern Siberia. They grew fast and got their first flowers in 6 months. I read everything on the internet about growing Rhody's and I want to get the seeds to plant for next year. Can anyone help me with what part of the plant I should cut during the fall so that I can get the seeds? Do I just cut off the little seedlings or do I cut the entire stem back. No one seems to have any information about this particular Rhody and when I contact the Rhody Society here no one returns my email. Thank you!
     
  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Wait until the seed pods turn brown and start to split open. Then pick each pod individually, dry it, and shake the seeds out as they open fully.
     
  3. ulchi

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    thanks Michael..that's what I did with the original material collected from Siberia but it was already dried. Now i have green growing plants so I want to make sure that I harvest at the right time and I will wait until they are dried and looking like they are about to fall off naturally. One last question....Should I store them in their pods until I replant next spring or should I break open the pods and store the seeds after I harvest...
    what do you think?
    Thank you!
     

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