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I am looking for detailed information about collecting and saving Datura Seed.
We have grown several plants and would like to collect and save the seed for next year.
Any information is appreciated. We have searched on line and found lots of pictures and info on the plant but not much info on saving the seeds.
Ironically I just finished emptying my dat pods about 5 minutes ago John. There's really not much to it. The pods will split when they're ready to be harvested then all you have to do is pry them back and empty out the seeds. The trickiest part is not getting poked by all those pricklies on the pods. LOL.
This is my first year saving them but I assume the rest follows like any other seed. Let them sit on a plate or newspaper etc, for a few days to make sure they're completely dry then stick them in a bag for storage. I generally keep all my seeds in the fridge and will do so with these as well. Hope that helps.
John, I just went out and took these pictures for you. Neither of these are ready. They aren't open yet. But, I put these pouches on them so I don't lose them.
Do you see these on your plants? I don't keep all the seeds but I wanted to keep these so the pouches. Those that I don't want to keep I pop these pods off before they ripen or I would have all kinds of dats coming up next year.
Forgot to tell you, to keep the seeds out to dry quite a while before storing.
These are probably the easiest seeds I have ever done. I really have problems with a lot of other seeds. But then I haven't been trying very long.
Lala_Jane, Thanks for the reply, good information. We are just learning about datura, this is our first year to grow them. Liza fell in love with them and is trying to save some seed for next year and is looking to seed swap for some different ones.
Thanks John but I have those. The one in the photo is a metal yellow. Triple yellow. My favorite. I may have some different ones which would be old seed if you want me to send you some of those too. no trade, just you can have them if you want to try them. Let me see what I have that I haven't thrown away. I really don't think these seeds get old for years. LOL
But, as you can see, the ones in the picture will be a bit before I can send any because they haven't popped open yet. Then they need to dry. Altho, you can dry them as easily as I can as long as you know they need it.
The cleomes with the datura are beautiful. I just recieved some seed for both of these and am figuring out how to plan my garden for next year. I heard cleomes have some sharp stems and the Daturas have the spiny fruit. I just might stick these guys together too! :) Great pictures.
John!! There you are! I couldn't remember where I was talking to you. Anyway, the triple cream colored Datura seeds that I have off of the ones that were blooming are dry now, however, I forgot that they are dwarfs. Balerinas. I put them in containers with other things and they get about 20 to 24" tall. Kind of like the dahlias.
Don't know if you are interested in them.
Anyway, for your information here is a picture I just took of them on a paper towel drying. I actually have had them there several days. I do believe they are plenty dry.