new to this forum and new to daturas- I bought a double purple - little tiny thing in the winter and is pretty big w/ lots of beautiful flowers. One large pod formed and has split open. Anything that I need to know about harvesting these seeds? Will the seed produce the same plant? Sometimes hybrids don't bloom true by seed and I can never keep straight what does or doesn't-
Hi April .. if the pod is split, time to harvest those seeds .. just break it open the rest of the way and dig out the seeds (if you have any open cuts on your fingers use gloves). After digging out the seeds, spread them out on a plate and let them air dry for a few days .. once dry, pick off the white stuff clinging to them and store them your favorite way.
Since you are new to datura, a few warnings. All parts are extremely toxic. The roots, stems, flowers, leaves and seeds contain the chemicals atropine, scopolamine and hyoscyamine in varying concentrations (the reason for wearing gloves if you have open cuts on your fingers). If you have small children or pets, you must make absolutely sure they cannot get into them. It is very important, when harvesting seeds to make sure none get away, like falling on the floor. Always wash your hands immediately after harvesting seeds.
Edited to add: The seeds breed true to the parent unless crossed.