ZiggyZagTwo said:Why not let, Pod go to seed?
The reason I have read to not let pods go to seed is that supposedly the process of making seed drain energy from the plant that could otherwise be used to make blossoms. I don't doubt that is true, but varieties like 'Beautiful Edgings' and 'South Seas' are such bloom makers it is hard to notice a few less blooms due to their spent energy on making pods. I have a few NOIDs (no Identification) that are the same way. Maybe there is something connected to the fact that easy bee pod makers also make tons of blooms? I suppose also that some of the energy from pod and seed formation would be diverted from the general overall health of the plant, things like forming scapes or leaves, and even how fast the plant will multiply.
Now, as previously stated above by others, there is also a reason to remove the pod and seeds before they ripen and fall to the ground. If you are growing named varieties, you don't want those seeds falling to the ground and germinating among the fans of known plants and thus creating unknown plants in the mix. I am trying my hand at some backyard hybridizing...so I have hundreds of plants grown from seed and placed in separate beds from my known varieties, so I just toss the bee pod seeds now.
Its OK, to harvest and plant your bee pod seeds if you want to see what they would look like and have extra plants. I would just recommend that you harvest the pods yourself before they pop open and plant themselves. That way you will be able to keep track of them and you will know they were seedlings, and not get them confused with any named varieties you might have. I know when the great majority of us first got into daylilies keeping up with the names was not important, but later we wished we had paid more attention and kept better records, at last made records of the names.