Seeds forum: Butterly Bush Collection

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Name: Larry
Hill Country TX (Zone 8b)
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ricelg
Aug 2, 2017 4:21 PM CST
I'm blessed to have a Butterfly Bush that flowers frequently. I would love to collect the seeds and share/trade them, as well as deadheading to encourage further blooming. The seeds seem really tiny (I looked at the resources page) and I'm not sure the best way to collect them. I could just cut off the seed heads and dry them out and store them, but maybe there's a better way? If you were in receipt, would you consider that "lazy collecting"? :)
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Aug 3, 2017 5:10 AM CST

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I think they need to mature, or at least mostly mature, on the plant. You could use some kind of small pouch tied on the plant to collect them. Some use organza party bags for that. I use old pantyhose secured with a twist tie. Smiling

Karen
Name: Larry
Hill Country TX (Zone 8b)
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ricelg
Aug 3, 2017 7:58 AM CST
kqcrna said:I think they need to mature, or at least mostly mature, on the plant. You could use some kind of small pouch tied on the plant to collect them. Some use organza party bags for that. I use old pantyhose secured with a twist tie. Smiling

Karen


Wife might give me a strange look if I buy panty hose... Big Grin Wonder if I can get those bags at Wal Mart?

When you do that, do the seeds just "fall out" into the panty hose or do you have to do some chaff separating, or am I making it more complicated than it is?
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cut Flowers Winter Sowing Charter ATP Member Seed Starter
Echinacea Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Ohio Region: United States of America Butterflies Hummingbirder
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kqcrna
Aug 3, 2017 8:03 AM CST

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I've done it with other plants, but never butterfly bush. I imagine some chaff with come along.

I got a volunteer butterfly bush last year from one that had died in that spot a few years before. I transplanted it this spring.

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Karen

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