Hi Jan congrats on the pods it is a lot of fun going through the process and watching them bloom for the 1st time. I have really enjoyed mine this year very exciting to come out every morning and find something new good or bad
I'm not sure how well I am doing this year with my pollen daubing some pods showing but the heavy rain has destroyed a lot of them we have had 1 day of dry weather and then non stop rain for 3 days things aren't drying out and pollen will not take when it's wet or at least not for me my guess is I probably have a good week of bloom left here if the rain lets up so I can work on them.
I grow my seedlings in a greenhouse and they do wonderful you can make up a lot of growing time by starting the pots in there the one cross I planted outside to see the difference this year the plants are barely 6" tall right now but the pots that were started in the greenhouse in January are huge some look like they are mature already and the germination is so much better they really take off with the heat so if you have a greenhouse definitely use it. It will require you giving them a haircut when you plant them but they really take off once they get in the ground.