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Name: Jody
Aurora, IL (Zone 5b)
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StanleySteamer
Aug 2, 2016 6:12 PM CST
Hi
can anyone tell me why my plant looks like this? I haven't seen any flowers yet this year.
Thanks!
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Aug 2, 2016 6:54 PM CST
You missed the flowers. Those are seed pods. Smiling
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Aug 2, 2016 6:54 PM CST
Hi Jody -- those dark things are the seed pods from flowers; I think it flowered when you weren't looking! Smiling
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 2, 2016 6:54 PM CST
LOL, cross posted with Daisy.
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Name: Jody
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StanleySteamer
Aug 2, 2016 7:00 PM CST
I wish that were the case but I check my plants everyday. That's why I was asking if something is wrong. They went from green pods straight to blueish black pods.
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Aug 2, 2016 7:03 PM CST
Well, the pods would have been green first... right after the flowers. Big Grin
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Name: Jody
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StanleySteamer
Aug 2, 2016 7:07 PM CST
Ok forget it. No flowers at all but glad I made you all laugh.
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Aug 2, 2016 7:11 PM CST
Jody, I'm truly sorry if I managed to offend you...

but, the fact remains that there have to have been flowers to get the seed pods. Shrug!
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Name: Jody
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StanleySteamer
Aug 3, 2016 11:20 AM CST
I learned from a horticulture website that the pods can be from a previous year and the plant has now failed to flower. Possibly due to the soil being too rich in nitrogen.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Aug 4, 2016 4:48 PM CST
StanleySteamer said:I learned from a horticulture website that the pods can be from a previous year and the plant has now failed to flower. Possibly due to the soil being too rich in nitrogen.


Hmmm...
Dunno about your baptisia, but at my house, they send up fresh shoots in the spring... the bloom time is early, and unless you have an evergreen cultivar, those pods are from this season.

At my house, the dried pods from last year are on dead stems.

Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Aug 4, 2016 6:35 PM CST
I agree
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Aug 4, 2016 8:10 PM CST

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I have a couple plants in my gardens and they bloom in mid May and are finished by end of may
Too dark out to check to see if my pods have turned black yet .

The stem on your black pods are green , if left to overwinter the stems turn brown and brittle.

I do not think baptisia take any special care . I have 6 in the gardens I tend and do nothing special for them .

Good luck catching the blooms next year Thumbs up
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