Polymerous said:Mostly I remove bee pods, but sometimes I do keep them. Whether I keep them or not depends on various factors... how much space do I have for the extra seedlings (zero to none) and who the pod parent was (if I am making crosses with that plant anyway...) are the two biggest factors in a keep-or-toss decision. If a daylily has proved to be a particularly reluctant (for me) pod setter, but the bees managed to do the job, then I might collect those seeds. (I usually find such pods developing after I have given up on using that daylily as a pod parent. ) If I see that the bees have beaten me to the pistil on a daylily that I wanted to cross, then I might allow the pod to develop and collect those seeds. (And then - while they are not bee pods - there are those pods where your tag or clip has fallen off. I am usually not about to throw those crosses out - the kids might be something that I want - but they almost might as well be bee pods.)
In all of these cases there will be the question of paternity, but sometimes you might get something worthwhile. That "sometimes" might be a really low % occurrence, but good things can happen, and your bee pod seedling might even win an award.
lovemyhouse said:Not mushy, heart-felt.