Seeds forum: Collecting Nicotiania Seeds

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Name: aka GardenQuilts
Pocono Mountains, PA
Andi
Aug 22, 2010 6:26 PM CST
This is my first year growing nicotiania from seed. I remember that the seeds are black and very tiny from this spring. I was wondering how to collect them. The bumble bees have been practically living in the blooms, so I know that they must be pollinated. Some blooms have fallen off, but no visible seed pods have formed in their place, yet.

I am enjoying the blooms and their evening fragrance so much this year that I want to be certain to plant them again.
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Aug 22, 2010 6:54 PM CST

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Andi, I've found mine just reseed on their own--no intervention required. If you plan on growing them in the same spot, you probably won't have to do anything.
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Aug 22, 2010 7:19 PM CST

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But if you want to collect some, just watch the stem where the blossom fell off. At the base of each blossom a seed pod will form, and then turn brown. When it's brown, they're ready to collect. One plant has many pods, and each pod has tons of seeds.

Mine reseed like crazy, too.

Karen
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Pocono Mountains, PA
Andi
Aug 23, 2010 10:02 PM CST
Thank you! Mine haven't turned brown, yet. The blossoms are just falling off. The plants are taller and floppier than expected, so i want to grow them in a different location further back in the garden bed, but would welcome them in their current spot if they reseed. I also want to plant more of them next year so that I can have even more fragrance! They are much easier to grow than jasmine, which I can't seem to keep alive over the winter and early spring. Nicotainia has plenty time to flower even if direct sown in my short zone 6 season.
Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Aug 24, 2010 7:41 PM CST

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some of my self sowed ones bloomed before the ones I started inside this year... and I am zone 6... you should be fine
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Name: Linda
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mom2goldens
Aug 24, 2010 7:55 PM CST

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Andi, I've also found that I can transplant some of the self-sown plants if they are not where I want them. Just get them moved while they are small, and keep them watered until re-established.
Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Aug 24, 2010 8:02 PM CST

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now that's good to know.. thanks!!!
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Pocono Mountains, PA
Andi
Oct 21, 2010 7:56 PM CST
I finally have plenty of seeds! If it self sows, that is great also. I really enjoyed the nicotiania this year.

Thanks for your help!
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Oct 21, 2010 8:04 PM CST

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It does have a wonderful fragrance in the evening.

Karen
Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Oct 21, 2010 8:23 PM CST

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yes it does

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