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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jul 21, 2012 6:48 AM CST
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I have this beautiful flowering tobacco plant . It has been flowering for 6 weeks now and not produced a single seed capsule. Normally I collect tons of seeds . The flowers fall from the stem and leave no seed pods??
We have had excessive heat this year and I have not seen any insect activity around this plant?

Any Ideas?
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jul 21, 2012 4:58 PM CST
I agree, that's odd for nicotiana. Usually they make a million seeds and volunteer like crazy.

Karen
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jul 21, 2012 5:53 PM CST
I'm not seeing seeds on any of mine yet this year, either. Maybe they're waiting for colder weather? Shrug!
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jul 22, 2012 5:09 AM CST
Mine are making seeds. Probably a last ditch effort to procreate in the face of extreme heat, drought, impending doom. A last gasp!

Karen
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jul 22, 2012 8:16 AM CST
I agree with Karen.

Mine are in the ground and have many seedpods along each stem, while continuing to produce a few new blooms. They're growing somewhat stressed since they've only received water maybe four times since being transplanted this spring.

Cinda, your plant has many more blooms than mine, perhaps they're growing in perfect conditions and are just waiting for a bit of stress to trigger seed production. Smiling
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Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Jul 22, 2012 2:33 PM CST
My plant is in a pot , it was a volunteer , and yes it seems to be putting off a lot of blooms. When I took the photo it had 60 + open flowers.That is one of the reasons I hope to get seeds.
I am thinking I may move it to the garden , pot and all, and see if that will attract some insects or maybe remind the plant it should be thinking about seeds.

Do you think I could hand pollinate it with a small paint brush? I have read of people doing that with other plants.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jul 22, 2012 5:21 PM CST
Couldn't hurt to try hand pollinating. I've done that lots of times with indoor morning glories and ended up with lots of seeds. Smiling
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jmorth
Jul 26, 2012 3:07 PM CST
Heat hasn't fazed nicky setting seeds here.Thumb of 2012-07-26/jmorth/6c2c50
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wcgypsy
Jul 26, 2012 4:40 PM CST
I have nicotiana sylvestris and it's setting its usual ton of seeds.....our weather is normal for here right now.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Sep 6, 2012 8:51 AM CST
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Just an update on this plant .
it is still pumping out flowers like crazy (this mornings photo)
I have been able to collect 4 (only 4 Glare ) seed pods . lucky they have a large number of seeds in each pod.
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