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Name: Meri Taylor
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mnmat
Jun 4, 2016 9:48 PM CST
I was out shopping today and found a Columbine plant with green seed heads. I picked a handfull but now I'm wondering if they will be viable when they dry. Do they have to dry on the plant or will they be ok dried in the house.
Meri
Name: Sue Taylor
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kniphofia
Jun 5, 2016 1:54 AM CST
You can try them but I'd say it's better to leave them on the plant to ripen, as they may not be developed enough. Any more blooms on the plant? If so you could let them go to seed and collect when the pods are more mature.
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jun 5, 2016 11:24 AM CST
A day late to reply Sad

Sometimes I have picked a seed head before completely ripe
If the stem is long enough you can put it in some water , like a flower , and it will continue to ripen the seeds inside.
It is not always successful but worth a try.
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Meri Taylor
SD (Zone 4a)
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mnmat
Jun 8, 2016 4:34 PM CST
Thank you Sue & Cinda!

Unfortunately, I was shopping at the time and don't remember where they came from so I can't go back but I'll definitely keep my eyes open for more plants that need deadheading!
Meri
Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Jun 8, 2016 6:29 PM CST
See here:

http://garden.org/thread/view_post/447823/
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MISSINGROSIE
Jun 9, 2016 12:41 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome!

If you tree mail me your address..I will send you some. I just ran out to see if they all spilled..and most did .....but I got some NC Native that will come true ( hot orange tall) and some double pink ( imported ) that are not guaranteed to look like the momma. They are in a patch all by themselves..
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