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Name: Margaret Burgess
United States
Nov 11, 2013 9:23 AM CST
The plant is in full bloom and a few flowers have fallen off. Will the remaining part form a seed pod? ( I understand this plant does produce seeds although they may not be true to the parent plant. ) Thanks for any assitance.
Name: Anne
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Nov 11, 2013 11:16 AM CST
I have hand pollinated every one of my Sinningia flowers as they appear and have yet to have one take. You'll know in a about a week if it's going to make seeds, the ovary will start to swell also I'm very new to this genus and don't know if they are self pollinators or not.

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Name: Margaret Burgess
United States
Nov 11, 2013 11:43 AM CST
Thank you for your response. I will be on the look out for the swelling. I have never hand pollunated but I will look into that.
Name: woofie
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Nov 11, 2013 12:22 PM CST
I found this comment on a website that talks about growing them, although it's not specifically about "Bright Eyes":

"If you want to collect your own seed, tap the flowers that have been open a couple of few days, which shakes up the pollen and often is enough to pollinate the flowers.
Then simply trim off the tiny seedpods that will ripen about a month after flowers fade (Carefully, or see note about 'Broken Plants'); Place pod into a folded up piece of thin white paper and let dry for a day or so. when pods are realeasing the seed, shake out the pods into the paper with tweezers and remove the stems and debris. Make sure seed is completely dry, then store in refrigerator until planting if it will be more than a couple weeks. It takes very little seed to make dozens of plants, so share with friends! "

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Name: Margaret Burgess
United States
Nov 11, 2013 2:47 PM CST
Wolfie: Thank you MUCH
Name: Rick R.
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Nov 11, 2013 7:12 PM CST
I never did anything special with my miniature (1.5-2 inches) sinningia plants when I grew them. Maybe about every fourth bloom would spontaneously produce a pod. Fresh seed, especially, is ridiculously simple to germinate.
Name: Margaret Burgess
United States
Nov 12, 2013 7:10 AM CST
Thank you very much for response. It is very useful.

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