The Q&A Archives: seeds maturation

Question: I planted an Angel Trumpet plant two summers ago that self sowed in my garden. Because it was such a surprise that it could do this in zone 3, I decided to save the seeds from this year's plants. The pods are spiney and green right now. Do I need to let them turn brown on the plant for the seeds to mature, or can I cut the pods off now and let them air dry. I guess this is a question for any plant that I collect seeds from. Do all seeds need to mature on the plant? Thank you! You have been great help in the past with my questions! I appreciate it!

Answer: All seeds need to be completely mature before you remove them from the plant. The best indication is when the pod turns brown and is hard or brittle (depending upon the plant). If you watch seed pods carefully you'll be able to see when they're just about ready to burst open. Harvest at this point or just before it happens.

Best wishes with your Angel's Trumpet!

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