A Method of Cleaning Sempervivum and Jovibarba Seeds

By parttimegardener
September 19, 2015

I did quite a few crosses this year and, when it came to cleaning up the seeds, I found this method quite helpful in saving some time and avoiding the loss of too many seeds blown away with the debris.

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Sep 18, 2015 8:35 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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Thank you Michael for a detailed article with helpful photos. I will give this method a try as soon as mine are dry enough. I harvested most of my seed today. I think there are four more that need harvesting, but they are not mature yet.
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Sep 19, 2015 7:26 AM CST
Name: Judith
Northern Virginia (Zone 7a)
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Michael, very good article. Thanks for taking the time to provide such detailed pictures and explanation. I believe that even I could follow those directions. Smiling
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Sep 20, 2015 4:36 PM CST
Name: Shelley Munger
Milwaukee, WI (Zone 6a)
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This is a good ideas! Thanks. Thank You! Hurray! Acorn
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Sep 21, 2015 11:37 AM CST
Name: Michael
Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany
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Thank you for the acorns, Lynn and Judith! Thumbs up
At first I tried to remove every single piece of debris with my tweezers or fingertips...but I'm not patient enough for this method - the way described in my article is much faster - not as accurate I admit, but the result should be suitable for sowing. I saw, that when cleaning up larger stalks or quantities of seed heads it's better to do it in 2 or 3 portions - takes longer, but gives you a better cleaning result - alternatively you could use a bigger sheet of white paper, but then transfer to the baking paper squares is more difficult...
Just give it a try and let me know if it works for you.... I'm all ears!
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Sep 21, 2015 12:43 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level
I will soon be doing that process Michael, as I think my seed stalks are almost dry enough. I will let you know how it works for me. Thumbs up
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Sep 25, 2015 8:24 AM CST
Ireland . (Zone 9a)
Great idea there Michael Thumbs up I will be sifting my seeds very soon and will give this a try .
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