Seeds forum: Are seeds still viable if they sit on the plant all winter?

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Loligo
Feb 11, 2010 8:14 AM CST
Specifically, I'm wondering about sweet autumn clematis -- I just noticed that the seeds are all still clinging to the plant. I'd be happy to pluck them off and share them with people, if they're still good. (This is the first year that the clematis bloomed, because a tree that shaded it fell and suddenly it got enough sun!)
Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Feb 11, 2010 9:47 AM CST

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I am watching for an answer
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Joannabanana
Feb 11, 2010 10:48 AM CST
I think they would be viable if the plant is hardy to your zone. It looks like you would need to figure out whether or not the seed is fertilized. Here's a link to discussion on the "fertilized" seed comparison

http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/seedsave/msg10135944...

Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Feb 11, 2010 10:49 AM CST

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link is missing

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Loligo
Feb 11, 2010 12:25 PM CST
Thanks for the info! The seeds are looking pretty darn fertile, all right. I should go out and collect them while the weather's still dry....
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Feb 11, 2010 5:44 PM CST
I think the seeds are probably good. I'd pick them and dry them and try a few on a moist paper towel.
If it were a tropical plant then I would say no and don't bother.
This is how temperate zone plants reseed themselves in nature.
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Feb 11, 2010 7:14 PM CST
Thanks Caroline. I was hoping some one with a seed saving experience would chime in.

Is that link in the above post ok? I see it on my screen and it seems to work.
Name: Joanne, too
Calgary, Alberta
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Yoyo_Jo
Feb 12, 2010 9:12 AM CST
Jo - the link worked for me.
Name: stephanie king
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rebloomnut
Feb 19, 2010 7:48 PM CST
I have a Sweet Autumn Clematis and is should be fine. The seed is not hard to germinate just by casting where you would like a new plant. I would put a light mulch over the seed to keep it damp and cool. I also would put several in the spot and let the best seed win.
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Feb 20, 2010 8:50 AM CST

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The seeds should be fine as long as they were mature before the plant (annual) died from frost. Most perennials would be fine I think.

Karen

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