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Missouri City, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 25, 2006
5:51 AM

Post #2430645

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-
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

June 25, 2006
4:30 PM

Post #2431635

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.


This message was edited Jun 25, 2006 12:31 PM
Roopville, GA
(Zone 7b)

June 26, 2006
10:35 AM

Post #2434326

april i am glad you asked this question as i am new with these as well.

X- thanks for the info. i have 3 children and have several daturas growing and needed to know this info.

Missouri City, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 26, 2006
1:35 PM

Post #2434741

X Thanks, I did know that all parts were toxic, but wasn't aware of the atropine/scopalamine/hyoscyamine component. Good to know. Thanks so much for the info! ;-)
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2006
3:00 PM

Post #2435043

You are quite welcome .. many of the plants we all love and enjoy are poisonous .. there is no reason not to grow them as long as you use common sense.


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