Harvesting begonia seeds

Wharton, TX(Zone 9a)

These are from my Lucerna begonia. They clung on forever and fell off a few days ago. Are these seed pods? If so what should I do with them now so that I can harvest the seeds??

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Powder Springs, GA(Zone 7b)

Yes, those are seed pods. They should've dried out on the plant so I'm not sure if they will be viable - they may be sterile. You can let them dry to a nice brown and see if the seeds will make it. The very few I have grown from harvested seed have always come from dry pods on the plant.

Check out these sites:

http://www.bradsbegoniaworld.com/seed.htm

http://swregion.tripod.com/program/growfromseed.htm

Wharton, TX(Zone 9a)

Thanks hcmc. I would guess the plants need to be outside for the pod to develop. I'll just wait and see if these develop into good seeds.

Powder Springs, GA(Zone 7b)

FancyFlea,

Here is a thread with some pictures of ripe (well, dried out) begonia pods and seed.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/693719/

Wharton, TX(Zone 9a)

Boy the seeds are really tiny! Years ago I got some of the Begonian books at a church sale. They were from the 1950's and one of them had a packet of seeds in a tiny envelope tucked inside. For the life of me I can't find it but I know I did save it. I always had the intention of sowing them. Not even sure what kind they were or if they are good anymore. THe hunt will continue.

Powder Springs, GA(Zone 7b)

If you are a member of the ABS you can buy seed of species from them at a modest price per packet. One of these days I would like to try my hand at it but for now I will be content with caring for all I've got.

Wharton, TX(Zone 9a)

I had been a member of the ABS about ten years ago and I quite enjoyed reading the Begonian. Too much moving around for the last ten years has kept me from ordering any mags. Just call me a Nomad(at least I am no mad). Next year I will be settling down for good and will order it again. I didn't realize you could buy seeds from them. A real plus. Thanks for the info.

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