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Beginner Flowers: Morning Glory Seeds - Cut them Green or fully seeded?

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hburry
Kitchener
Canada

October 18, 2013
1:04 PM

Post #9688892

Should I cut off the Green morning glory flower and allow it to dry indoors and turn to seed, OR should I leave it outside and wait until it has turned brown and dried out?

In the past I have let them turn brown and dry out completely, but I it becomes a mess and many of them fall out and re-seed.

What is the recommended method to get as many seeds as possible?

See pic of Green cut flower, and flower dried out and turned brown with seeds falling out.

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Doug9345
Durhamville, NY
(Zone 5b)

October 18, 2013
8:38 PM

Post #9689214

I'd put a stocking,organza bag or one made out of tulle over the flower and let them ripen on the vine. You could also lay a catch cloth on the ground.
WeeNel
Ayrshire Scotland
United Kingdom

October 19, 2013
12:19 AM

Post #9689292

There's never a clean way to with any Gardening tasks, even watering anounts to me getting hands and other areas dirty or make a mess due to one simple job leading onto another LOL.

I think Doug has given great advice and would be doing the same myself it I was gathering seeds, IF weather is dry, a paper bag is also enough so long as moisture cant dampen the seeds before planting,
The trouble of bringing the seed heads or flowers indoors to ripen at this time of year is, they are then being offered a much warmer environment and most likely less air flow, but you will find all of us garden people do the same type of stuff but adapt it to suit our needs, however, there are simple methods of doing some work that you really take a big chance with end results IF you vary the method too far from the basics.

Is there any good reason why you cant weed out all the self sewn seedlings BUT, save a few to grow on as new garden plants by potting them up when large enough to handle and then transfer them to where you want them to grow next summer, they usually make far hardier transplants if done naturally by themselves, just my own opinion.

Good luck, hope all is a success.
best Regards. WeeNel.

brendak654

brendak654
Anna, IL
(Zone 6b)

October 19, 2013
1:06 PM

Post #9689688

You might want to use scissors when harvesting the dry seed from the vines. That way, you might eliminate shaking so many seed off onto the ground before saving. Most morning glories produces scoodles of seed. After I save wanted seed, I'm thinking of trying to burn the residue from my 2013 morning glory plant in hopes of eliminating a lot of weeding out next year. Mine is in an area that I can have a small burn.

hburry
Kitchener
Canada

October 21, 2013
1:10 PM

Post #9691324

Will the green dead flowers turn to seeds if it is taken inside and dried inside?

brendak654

brendak654
Anna, IL
(Zone 6b)

October 21, 2013
1:40 PM

Post #9691349

The green dead flowers may have seeds formed, but the seed may not be any good as for as germination goes. My thought is that if you are trying to save seed, the seed heads need to dry on the plant.
hburry
Kitchener
Canada

October 21, 2013
2:43 PM

Post #9691399

I will continue to do what I have done in the past, I usually cut down the lines that they are hanging on, and put them in a plastic container and allow them to dry in our very dry basement... may take weeks. Abit of a mess to go thru the vines mid winter and gather all the seeds. Even using this method, there are some seeds that have already dropped to the ground and germinate next year.

Just looking for other options.
jhonpeeter64

February 22, 2014
3:10 AM

Post #9774152

That if you are trying to save seed, the seed heads need to dry on the plant. let them ripen on the vine. You could also lay a catch cloth on the ground.

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