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Aug 10, 2013 9:01 AM CST
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Name: Kate
S Wales UK (Zone 9a)
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Apologies if this has ben answered else where. When do you remove your seed stalks? I still have some blooms just coming out but others have finished and the stalks have turned brown. When should I detach them?
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Aug 10, 2013 9:36 AM CST
Name: tabby
denver, colorado zone 5
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Since the mother hen will die anyway, I cut them when I feel like it. I only keep them on as long as I do because the wool cutter bees love them so much. When the flowers are done, the stems get cut.
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Aug 10, 2013 10:27 AM CST
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Name: Kate
S Wales UK (Zone 9a)
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How do you go about storing them then @tabby?
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Aug 10, 2013 12:08 PM CST
Name: tabby
denver, colorado zone 5
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Oooooh,
you aren't talking about cleaning up, you're talking about saving seeds. Sorry.
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Aug 11, 2013 3:53 AM CST
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Name: Kate
S Wales UK (Zone 9a)
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Yes I'm hoping to have lots of seed to share Thumbs up
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Aug 11, 2013 8:06 AM CST
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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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They need to completely dry, as in crispy dry. They will hold the seed for a long time since they face upward and will hold the seed until you harvest them.
When dry cut the stem and upend into a brown paper bag, bowl, or anything that will hold them.
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Aug 11, 2013 12:36 PM CST
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Name: Kate
S Wales UK (Zone 9a)
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Thanks Lynn I tip my hat to you.
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Aug 11, 2013 1:29 PM CST
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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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Can't wait to see what you get from the seed. Smiling
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Aug 12, 2013 2:26 PM CST
Name: Pia-Louise
Romford, U.K. (Zone 8b)

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So this is my flowers detached from the stalks... been drying out, now what do I do with this big mess, how do I expose these seeds from here? haha :/
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Aug 12, 2013 3:54 PM CST
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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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Pia, can we have a close up of some of the seed capsules?
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Aug 13, 2013 10:49 PM CST

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The blooming rosette will frequently die before the flower stalk and seeds fully mature. I sometimes will pull the dead rosette from the soil and put the seed stalk in a paper bag to collect the seeds as the capsules dry and mature, rosette and all. The seed stalks frequent die/dry out from the bottom up as the seed stalk is consumed by the developing seed capsules, so you have the option of cutting the stalk away while the seeds are still maturing.
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Aug 14, 2013 1:29 PM CST
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I did not know that twit. I thought they had to mature completely before cutting them. This is good to know. Thank you for the information. Group hug
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Aug 14, 2013 6:14 PM CST
Name: Pia-Louise
Romford, U.K. (Zone 8b)

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I had left these for at least 2 months before removing. I have my Bronze pastel flowerstalk still in the soil where it was and haven't cut it yet. I don't think my flowers on the Arachnoideum worked, I couldn't see any seeds in amongst the mess in the photo I posted earlier. I may have cut the stalk too soon then. Crying
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Aug 14, 2013 7:27 PM CST
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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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Oh Pia, how did you get all that color in your avatar. You look like a beautiful multi-colored flower. Group hug

Bummer on the no seed arach. Are you sure it has no seed?
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Aug 15, 2013 12:07 AM CST
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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Yes, most colorful and dramatic of avatars, Pia!! Smiling
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Aug 15, 2013 12:05 PM CST
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Name: Kate
S Wales UK (Zone 9a)
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I agree Cool pic!
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Aug 15, 2013 1:11 PM CST
Name: Pia-Louise
Romford, U.K. (Zone 8b)

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I just used make-up and colorful eyeshadows and then I edited the photo to get the colors brighter! :D
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Aug 15, 2013 7:26 PM CST
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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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Very clever and artistic. Smiling
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Aug 27, 2013 6:24 PM CST
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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I agree I like it!! I tip my hat to you.
Thanks for asking this question Kate, as I was wondering the same thing, even though I did attend the workshop Rolling on the floor laughing Can't retain all info! Thumbs up
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Aug 27, 2013 8:24 PM CST
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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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But we weren't cutting seed stalks at the Clinic. No seed heads to be found yet. Green Grin!

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