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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jun 19, 2015 7:51 AM CST

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Came across this cool video:

Name: Arlene
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pirl
Jun 19, 2015 8:15 AM CST
Very cool! Amazing to watch the explosions of seeds.

Thanks for posting it.
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froggardener
Jun 19, 2015 8:23 AM CST
That is so cool!
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greene
Jun 19, 2015 9:39 AM CST
Thank You! Dave,
I've been hit in the eye when the Alstroemeria start popping but wow, look at that squirting cucumber! I might want to grow that just to watch the show. Thumbs up
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Jun 19, 2015 9:57 AM CST
You can put an impatiens pod in your palm and feel it explode - doing it outside, where you'd like impatiens to grow is the best place for the fun.
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jun 19, 2015 10:07 AM CST

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The seedpods of both Texas Goatweed (Croton capitatus) and Tapioca Plant (Manihot esculenta) explode after being picked. I've had pods from the latter blow up in my office and they really go flying around the room. You could get hurt!
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Jun 19, 2015 10:27 AM CST
Good warning.

I, stupidly, put several pods in a saucer in the kitchen one night, many years ago. What a mess!
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gardengus
Jun 19, 2015 10:32 AM CST
Thanks for sharing Thumbs up

I have collected touch-me not seeds and there is a technique one must use not to loose the seeds.

That squirting cucumber is so cool makes me want to grow one just to experience the show.
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tarev
Jun 19, 2015 1:14 PM CST
Like seed fireworks! Thanks for sharing! Love it! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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greene
Jun 19, 2015 8:10 PM CST
Yep, sitting right here at the computer I was attacked by exploding seeds that were in a bowl on the shelf above me...Butterfly Pea Vine. Ouch!
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pirl
Jun 19, 2015 8:24 PM CST
Why do we always have to learn the hard way? LOL
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jvdubb
Jun 20, 2015 6:18 AM CST
Wow! very very cool.

There is a little weed here that I do not know the name of. But when you touch it when ripe the seeds explode every where. I get several in my eye every day this time of year. Not fun
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daylilydreams
Jun 20, 2015 6:38 AM CST
Thank You! Dave! Really amazing to watch this video, I like how the cucumber spits the seeds out the end.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 20, 2015 7:56 AM CST
That's an incredibly beautiful video!

pirl said:You can put an impatiens pod in your palm and feel it explode - doing it outside, where you'd like impatiens to grow is the best place for the fun.


LOL, I love to surprise people that have never experienced this... "here, just gently touch this thing" Big Grin

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Name: Greene
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greene
Jun 20, 2015 8:28 AM CST
Thumbs up But first put on these safety goggles! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Jun 20, 2015 10:38 AM CST
My husband put an impatiens pod in my daughter's hand, outside, and she yelped when it exploded (just as I had done).
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 20, 2015 11:14 AM CST
Just about everyone does that, if they don't know what's coming! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Reine
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Reine
Jun 20, 2015 10:31 PM CST
Nice video. Thank You! Plants are amazing. I never get tired of seeing what plants can do. Thumbs up

I have to tie small net bags over some of my euphorbias flowers to save the seeds. Same with Jatropha podagrica. Dorstenia foetida expels their seeds quite a distance. I find them growing in a lot of my pots. I call them succulent weeds. Hilarious!
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Jun 23, 2015 8:47 PM CST
Very science-fiction-y video!

I like having it available right "in" the thread, not as a link.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 24, 2015 10:41 AM CST
Love this video and I agree with RickCorey, it's nice to have it embedded instead of having to click on a link. That cucumber with it's exploding seeds was really amazing!
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