User Tag List

Informational! Informational!:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 8 of 17

Thread: When to cut flower scapes

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    North Dakota
    Posts
    512
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hey, just wondering when I should cut this off. I read Tamlins description on how to harvest seed. I was just wondering how much of the flower bud needs to turn brown. I don't want to wait too long and get my whole terrarium full of Spatulata [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] Thanks.

    The mind is like a parachute, it only works when it's open.

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    Oswego, New York, U.S.A.
    Posts
    5,290
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I would say it's about 3/4 ripe. Waiting awhile will net you more seed, but the lower pods might split and sow into other pots. I would wait a week or two yet I think.
    "Grow More, Share More"

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    North Dakota
    Posts
    512
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Are they all pretty brown when they are ready? Maybe I can cut the bottom two off and leave the rest on there for a week or two. This is in a terrarium, so if they did sow themselves in there......I think the rest of my plants wouldn't have any room. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
    The mind is like a parachute, it only works when it's open.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    1,453
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Why don't you cut off individual pods as they ripen? I do!

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    Oswego, New York, U.S.A.
    Posts
    5,290
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That is a valid option as well, just be sure not to cut the whole scape by accident. That's never happened with me of course.....
    "Grow More, Share More"

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    North Dakota
    Posts
    512
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Ok......I could cut them off individually. I might be beating this to death..... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] but how do I know when they are ripe and ready to be cut? Do I have to wait a while after the pod turns brown? This is the first time I have ever let a plant flower.....and I don't want to do it wrong. Thanks! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
    The mind is like a parachute, it only works when it's open.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Ocala, Florida
    Posts
    126
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My problem is after they turn brown and I have dried them in an envelope for a few weeks, I see only a few loose seeds. When I try rolling around the tiny little pods, I just make a little wad of mush and only a small amount of additional seed comes out. My hands aren't THAT big and I consider myself dextrous, but these things are too small to handle.

    I end up getting mostly flower parts that I am embarrassed to send out! Everybody else seems to get nice clean packets of seeds. Then I get frustrated and throw the mangled up pods and flower parts into a pot and the plants germinate later on.

    Maybe I'm not letting them dry out enough?
    John

  8. #8
    Stay chooned in for more! Clint's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Metro Atlanta Area
    Posts
    9,681
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    some plants have relatively large seeds like byblis, some seeds like most drosera are incredibly small though. i often get packages with dried up petals, stamens, pistils, etc in them. it doesn't bother me a bit.

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •