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I've a few of the double purple dats. They made many seedpods. I'd like to harvest them before they're brown and burst open and release the seeds every where. Also, I'd like to conserve some energy to some of these healthy looking branches so I can explore its cutting potential. When the bumpy prominents on the seedpod smooth out, are they ripened enough to be picked? Any advices would be greatly appreciated.
X, your website is wonderful (I have bookmarked it) but I have a bit of a problem. My dats are in zone 5a. They will freeze before the pods split (44 degress this morning). What happens if I remove them prematurely? They are in two large and heavy pots.
I afraid you'll have some how to manage to bring those pots into a sheltered area pronto. The cold weather will induce dormancy on most tender plants, if any colder than that it will wilt for sure. Let's hear from X.'s suggestions. (Harvesting the seedpods too soon, they may not be fully mature to yeild viable seeds? - although, those seedpod that appear plump, I was lucky to have a few seedlings sprouted in the past).
It depends on how far along they are. Datura are (ahem excuse me) weeds. A frost won't hurt them unless it stays below freezing for a couple of hours. If it's not a bother .. just cover them when you get a frost. If they haven't matured by hard freeze time, cut off the branches the pods are on and hang them upside down in a cool dry place where kids and critters can't get to them.
I'm really stumped where people believe that datura are fragile, can't be transplanted etc. In my many years of experience, they can be abused to the max like brugmansia and thrive! I've had datura that were cut off at the base, throw into a compost pile and a few weeks later start producing buds!
Even if the plant gets frost bitten the pods will continue to mature.
I know I thought they were delicate or hard to grow until last year. I was admiring them at someone's house, and the very kind gentleman who grew them noticed me from inside, came out and offered me some seeds. I of course said yes. I just stuck some in the ground and they were incredible. This year I started them in peat pots and put them in the ground and in pots. The ones in pots are huge and have bloomed their brains out, but our season is short enough that the self seeders are only about six inches tall.
If you have room with a south facing window that stays cool, you should start your seeds around January to get a jump on the growing season. I have a greenhouse and start all of my seeds a few weeks after the winter solstice.
I have a shop light and seed starting station in the basement. Usually in January I am starting lilies grown fom seed. I guess I'll have the daturas give them some company. I have a few mostly sunny places in my yard where they will go well. I'll mark my calendar.
I'd love to! I love lilies and scatter them all over my yard. I have trumpets, Orienpets, species, candidum, asiatics and Orientals, but there's nothing more wonderful than growing formosanum/longiflorum crosses from seed. I get seeds fron the North American Lily society, start them in January and start moving them out when the weather warms. That way I get blooms in October and November. Nothing like it!
All gorgeous lilies! Woohoooo. Go gardening just a term implying let's have fun and exchange ideas. :-)
My Dats. is the 'Double Golden' variety. They bloom all summer, and making tons of seedpods. Some already selfsown, I transplanted a few and will try to overwinter them indoor this year. Will keep you posted how those seedlings turn out.