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    I'm currently harvesting seeds from mine. Thankully, I have flowers in different stages of development, so I don't have too many issues getting them pollinated. One issue I have is collecting the seeds.....it tends to blow away of you aren't there to harvest it in time....soon I'll find little ceph seedlings coming up in my nep pots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exo View Post
    One issue I have is collecting the seeds.....it tends to blow away of you aren't there to harvest it in time....
    I agree - it is a pain. If I try to harvest them early, sometimes they stay stuck in the capsule. If I wait until the pod goes 'Starfish', a tiny breeze can take them away before I get there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post
    This is what I did my 1st year. Every day I was out there with my brush pretending to be a bee. The end result: some flowers were pollinated & some weren't (& some had a few seeds develop - not a full set). Some of the time my brush just got gunked up with flower nectar. The next several years I allowed the native bees to do all the work and I got just as many or more seeds . . .

    Within a few hours of my evicting some spiders from the area (which may or may not have found their way to flytraps; who's to say?), a few tiny syrphrid flies began to show up and spent some. eh, quality time with the flowers. I could almost hear the Barry White . . .

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    looks more like a fly to me. a flower fly syrphrid fly. Group is interesting. larvae are voracious aphid predators. Adults are hymenopteran mimics. also pollinate flowers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kulamauiman View Post
    looks more like a fly to me. a flower fly syrphrid fly. Group is interesting. larvae are voracious aphid predators. Adults are hymenopteran mimics. also pollinate flowers.
    Yeah, thanks, Kula, I thought that was probably so -- a mimic . . .
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    A mesh bag over the flowers before the seeds ripen will catch any stray seeds. Try a arts and crafts stores usually in the wedding/bridal section. The come in a variety of sizes and colors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    A mesh bag over the flowers before the seeds ripen will catch any stray seeds. Try a arts and crafts stores usually in the wedding/bridal section. The come in a variety of sizes and colors.
    Thanks Warren. I am trying to recall what I used last time . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    A mesh bag over the flowers before the seeds ripen will catch any stray seeds. Try a arts and crafts stores usually in the wedding/bridal section. The come in a variety of sizes and colors.
    A few years ago, I tried to use a mesh that Phil from Meadowview recommended (he uses to bag Sarr flowers) and the reduction in air circulation caused the flowers to get moldy (although I believe a finer one would probably work). Also the mesh would be a double-edged sword. While it would catch the 1st seeds, it would keep the next ones in line from being pollinated since there is a steady progression ...
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