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Aug 19, 2015 7:21 AM CST
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Dog Lover Greenhouse Hibiscus Plumerias
Seed Starter Region: Texas Garden Ideas: Level 2
I have quite a few seed pods on my Asiatic Lily's this year. They've been green for a couple of months now.

1. How do you know when it's time to harvest the seeds inside?
2. When can the seeds be started? I have a greenhouse, can they be started in the fall to be ready for the next spring?
Chris - Linux since 1995
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Aug 19, 2015 7:43 AM CST
Name: Joe
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Lilies Region: New York Seed Starter Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Level 1
Chris to give you the short answers, you will want the pods to be dry and brown. If they are starting to crack or just before that is best to harvest them. You can start in fall but many of us just start them in late winter under lights inside. See the sticky thread up top for more info.
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Aug 19, 2015 8:05 AM CST
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Dog Lover Greenhouse Hibiscus Plumerias
Seed Starter Region: Texas Garden Ideas: Level 2
Thanks Joe, much appreciated. I'll check out the sticky as suggested.
Chris - Linux since 1995
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Aug 30, 2015 8:23 PM CST
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Bee Lover Lilies Pollen collector Seed Starter Region: Wisconsin
Red Velvet seed pod. Open pollinated. Plant is surrounded by Longiflorum-Asiatic 'Red Alert'. All blooming at the same time. Also, about 1 foot away is a developing 'Red Alert' seed pod. Should I keep them or toss them?

Red Velvet pod
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Red Alert pod


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Aug 30, 2015 8:46 PM CST
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
I would not. Maybe there is a hidden beauty, not seen before Lovey dubby
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Aug 30, 2015 9:58 PM CST
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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I have an OP pod or two on Red Velvet too. I thought Red Velvet was triploid? I'm just waiting to see what I get from it. I have hand pollinated it for years with no success so I am surprised!
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Aug 30, 2015 10:27 PM CST
Name: della
hobart, tasmania
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Definitely worth keeping. Red Velvet is triploid. Do you know if Red Alert is Tetra? I've had nice pods develop on Red Velvet but the seed wasn't normal. Don't think I had any germinate. It's worth trying every Red Velvet pod for that one eventual good seed!
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Aug 30, 2015 10:40 PM CST
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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Red Alert is a longiflorum/asiatic hybrid. That's all I know about it.
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Aug 30, 2015 11:10 PM CST
Name: Joe
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Lilies Region: New York Seed Starter Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Level 1
I would keep the red velvet. I have a few pods on my tetra pollinations but i think they will be mostly chaff.
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Aug 31, 2015 4:56 AM CST
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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pardalinum said:Red Alert is a longiflorum/asiatic hybrid. That's all I know about it.


I would like to add on to that.
LA lilies, or lilies from any genetically distant cross, can produce irreducible gametes. Diploid/2n gametes, like a tetraploid lily would do, instead of the usual haploid/n gametes if the plant is itself diploid.
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Aug 31, 2015 11:00 AM CST
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Bee Lover Lilies Pollen collector Seed Starter Region: Wisconsin
Well, I'll save them and we'll see what happens, just for fun. Thumbs up
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Aug 31, 2015 11:09 AM CST
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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I'm saving mine too. I expect there will be something to learn from it.
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