mljohnson19 said: I have two followup questions, though. First, if my children got overly excited and picked some green pods (that were likely around 40-45 days old) is it worth keeping the seeds to see if they sprout? And second, I'll likely still have pods when the first frost comes here in WI, will the frost kill them and is it best to pick them just before the first frost is predicted?
I just accidentally broke off a pod that was 46 days old over the weekend. It was all green and definitely not wanting to open. Most of the seeds look round and shiny black, so I think I'm in good shape. In fall 2016 I pulled some early pods on purpose just to find out for myself how things work for me here. My results were:
less than 30 - 1 of 8 seeds germinated (it was a 29 day seed pod)
30-35 days -- 0% germinated (only 8 seeds tested)
36-40 days -- 50% germinated
41-45 days -- 60% germinated
46-50 days -- All but 1 germinated
Hazelcrestmikeb said:Sue tracking days till seed pods are ready is one step I personally don't have time for. I barely have time to tag my crosses in the morning before work. I mainly rely on writing things down this time of year and finish up the next morning if the need arises. All my pollen have a color coded tie so it is easier than writing tags to put on the flower. Example: pollen parent Indian Ripple have a green with white stripe tag assigned to it. So every green/WS tag on any diploid has IR pollen on it. You can also use the same color tag for a Tet with the same principle.
My 2 cents worth.
The photo below shows the collected seeds drying in the little ice cream containers I like to use. The plastic envelops are marked with the cross and the date and number of seeds. I let them dry for one day (more if we have had wet weather...we have not had any wet weather lately) then pop them in the fridge for a month before planting. The seeds are not actually placed into the envelopes until they have dried, then I add a few sprays of water (also just started adding vermiculite) to the baggie and then add the seeds.
You can see my list of varieties and their hybridizer codes laying on my bench...saves a lot of writing but I can't remember them all yet, so I keep the list handy.