BUT -- jsut before it started pouring out, i can out with a qt jar and grabbed a bunch more heads... i have not separated them yet... when i do, i'll take a photo of the flatter seeds too ... but I'm thinking they are under-developed seeds [hence, not viable]
The one on the right looks like it might be good too, to be sure I'd have to touch it. If it feels hard and like it's got some substance I'd think it's fine. Lol - it's so hard to explain these things on a keyboard : )
Remedial seed collecting for cone flowers.
Do I wait until the head is black and pick the head?
I picked one head and got lots of shaft stuff but didn't see anything like what you are showing?
First year with seeds, and I really want to do this.
Thanks for your help.
They are very prickly to get the seeds out of. And all that black chafe stuff goes everywhere, but the seeds are hard and beige. I had a lot of 'ouches' because they are so prickly. If there aren't any seeds it could be due to birds eating them before you got to them - I would check some more to see if you fare better. : )
Thanks Meredith. I found them! I didn't pick it until the head and top of the stem had turned brown/black. Strange that the seeds still didn't seem ready to fall out on their own. Now I have the same question as you - wonder if they're ripe if I had to pull apart the cone to get them.
I was wondering the same thing but I had very good germination in a ghetto greenhouse. And mine had to be ripped apart and picked through. It's quite a chore to clean these. Maybe if we let them dry longer before cleaning, but I had the piggy swap in November I wanted to send them to.
Hey thanks Cord for that link!!! I was just ready to throw out the light colored ones and just save the dark straight ones. I looked at the link just in time! I could have thrown out the seeds and wondered why what I had saved didn't grow flowers! :~)