Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum: When to cut seed stalks?

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Name: Kate
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Eviesmummy
Aug 10, 2013 9:01 AM CST
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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Name: tabby
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tabby
Aug 10, 2013 9:36 AM CST
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.
Name: Kate
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Eviesmummy
Aug 10, 2013 10:27 AM CST
How do you go about storing them then @tabby?
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Name: tabby
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tabby
Aug 10, 2013 12:08 PM CST
Oooooh,
you aren't talking about cleaning up, you're talking about saving seeds. Sorry.
Name: Kate
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Eviesmummy
Aug 11, 2013 3:53 AM CST
Yes I'm hoping to have lots of seed to share :thumbsup:
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Aug 11, 2013 8:06 AM CST

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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.
Name: Kate
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Eviesmummy
Aug 11, 2013 12:36 PM CST
Thanks Lynn I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Aug 11, 2013 1:29 PM CST

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Can't wait to see what you get from the seed. Smiling
Name: Pia-Louise
Romford, U.K. (Zone 8b)

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PiaLouiseSourvi
Aug 12, 2013 2:26 PM CST
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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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Aug 12, 2013 3:54 PM CST

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Pia, can we have a close up of some of the seed capsules?

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twitcher
Aug 13, 2013 10:49 PM CST
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.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
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
Name: Pia-Louise
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PiaLouiseSourvi
Aug 14, 2013 6:14 PM CST
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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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Aug 14, 2013 7:27 PM CST

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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?

Name: Bev
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webesemps
Aug 15, 2013 12:07 AM CST
Yes, most colorful and dramatic of avatars, Pia!! Smiling
Name: Kate
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Eviesmummy
Aug 15, 2013 12:05 PM CST
I agree Cool pic!
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Name: Pia-Louise
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PiaLouiseSourvi
Aug 15, 2013 1:11 PM CST
I just used make-up and colorful eyeshadows and then I edited the photo to get the colors brighter! :D
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Aug 15, 2013 7:26 PM CST

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Very clever and artistic. Smiling
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gg5
Aug 27, 2013 6:24 PM CST
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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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Aug 27, 2013 8:24 PM CST

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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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