Daylilies forum: Collecting pods 101

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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Aug 6, 2017 5:56 AM CST
Hi, just wondering if there is certain things that I should know. Can you collect to early? I stay with Mom 3 days in a row and don't want them to open and drop.

Do you let them dry first before breaking them open?

How do you package yours ?

Can they be started this late or do you plant yours next Spring?

Thanks

Name: Mike
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Aug 6, 2017 7:46 AM CST
Teresa, I let them dry. Some plant them just before the freeze. There was a nice article on doing this in the Daylily Journal about two years ago. I try to start mine in the late winter early spring indoors. I usually let the seeds dry out in the open
At least twenty four to thirty six hours. Put them in small Ziploc bags and use a permanent marker to write the cross on the baggie. I do write on the bag before I put the seeds in.
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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Aug 6, 2017 7:57 AM CST
Yes you can definitely collect them to early, but if you collect them then you have a better chance of some sprouting than if you don't collect any. If I had my choice and lived in a perfect world I would wait for the pods to dry crack open and present me with lots of beautiful black shiny dry seeds. What I seem to be getting now is a half rotten pod, a pod that is soft and slimy, pods with earwigs inside, etc. So just to make sure I do get some seeds I pull the pods if they show the least little crack (you may not have to do this but we have been getting rain every day). I have now gotten to the point that if they are a little brown I squeeze them gently to see if they crack open a bit, if they do I pull the pod. I may be going to harvest some immature seeds, but at least I will have seeds.
Your problem is a little different, but basically the same, should you are should you not harvest the pod. So I suggest going out the day before you have to go to your mother's check the most advanced looking seed pods, (it is sometimes surprising how fast they turn brown and crack open, especially after you thought they would take forever to mature then all of a sudden you find dried up empty seed pods. If you see a pod that looks like it might crack open before you return I would give it a gentle squeeze and see if it cracks open, if it does then I would pull it. Three days does not seem like a long time, but I have been sick and if I did not go down to the garden every day I would have missed a lot of seeds, even after checking yesterday I harvested over 70 seeds this morning.

I do not let them dry before breaking them open, but that is because they are so wet they mold, so I want the seeds out and I dry them with a paper towel. I think it would be better to let them dry and I would if I could.

I use 3"x2' zip lock bags to store my seeds in. If I don't plant them immediately I store the bags in the garden fridge.
In my zone I am planting some immediately, but saving some in reserve to plant indoors over the winter to give me something garden related to occupy my time and my mind. I hope others respond as how and what they are doing and especially on this question of when to plant your seeds in your zone.
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Aug 6, 2017 1:08 PM CST
Thanks, guys for your posts. I have started seeds only in the Spring before. I have had good luck in pots with a loose potting mix.Then setting them in beds after they are larger. I missed out getting any started this Spring and was curious about planting a few now.
Name: Amber
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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amberjewel
Aug 6, 2017 10:41 PM CST
I read some advice from Bill Maryott on a Facebook page on how to know when to connect pods. He says that if you give a pod a good squeeze and it cracks, then it is ready to harvest. His reasoning is that a pod can be green one day and then brown and spilling out seeds a couple days later. By getting them as soon as they are ready to crack, you don't run the risk of missing a pod and losing the seeds.
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