Seed Identification And Collection - Knowledgebase Question

Oceanside, CA
Question by mkladymare
May 24, 2001
What does the forget-me-know seed pod look like and when is the correct time for collection? I am going to be giving them away at my daughters wedding in Sept. as a favor to the guests. I have them presently growing and blooming.

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Answer from NGA
May 24, 2001

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It's possible to collect and save seeds from Forget-Me-Not, but it will be quite a challenge. Tiny flowers form along a stem and the older flowers lower down on the stem are spent before the flowers at the top of the stem open. If the flowers have been pollinated, little seeds will form in the ovary (swelling just behind the flower petals). The trick is to collect the seeds from the spent flowers after they ripen but before they fall away, without disturbing the flowers higher up on the stem. You may find only one seed per ovary, or you may find several. They're about the size of a grain of salt - greenish white when immature and tan to brown when mature. You'll want to collect only mature seeds. The seed pods will turn brown when the seeds are ripe. Watch your plants closely and try to capture the seeds at full maturity. Good luck with your project.

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