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Name: Christine
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Christine
Sep 26, 2017 6:27 AM CST
This is my first year of having great flowers, and also produced some great seed pods, my question is, why are some brown and some are green? The brown ones havent dried out yet
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Sep 26, 2017 9:20 AM CST
The green ones haven't dried out yet either. Seedpods come in all colors, the brown ones look more immature but that has to do with size, not color. Your seeds won't be ready to harvest until the pods dry out and break open.
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purpleinopp
Sep 26, 2017 9:56 AM CST
Ripe seed pods:
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Name: Christine
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Christine
Sep 26, 2017 10:19 AM CST
Thank You Daisy & Tiffany, our temps are finally going to be cooling off so they should start to dry out in the next few weeks Hurray!
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Christine
Sep 27, 2017 6:02 AM CST
I have one more question, my friend brought up a good point, will our first frost kill the seeds, if they haven't dried by then? I hadn't thought of that D'Oh!
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Sep 27, 2017 12:33 PM CST
A frost won't kill the seeds - they will withstand whatever temps the plants will.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Sep 27, 2017 4:09 PM CST
If grown where not hardy, the timing might not be quite right, not long enough, depending on when pollination occurred. Until the seeds ripen, I would think the plants should be protected from frost if harvesting ripe seeds is an important goal. If frost turns the plant to mush before the seeds are ripe enough, they might not be viable. I have no info/anecdote about when the seeds start to become viable, I've only grown these from dividing the rhizomes. But I've seen the plants turn to mush after a good frost every year. Hardy here but by no means evergreen.

There is probably info published on how long it takes from pollination to viable seed. Cannas have been very popular for a long time. If memory serves, there are about 5 species. If it differs from species to species and you are unsure which you have, using the longest possible amount of time for ripening as your guide would be the safe bet, although visual inspection should tell you all you need to know. When the pods are brown and start to develop holes, the seeds are definitely ripe.
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Name: Christine
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Christine
Sep 28, 2017 7:05 AM CST
Thank you Daisy & Tiffany, the weather here has been oddly warm for this time of year, so hopefully a frost will hold off til they pods are ready Thumbs up
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Sep 28, 2017 7:32 AM CST
Cold temperatures won't hurt the seeds.
I have done Canna as a winter sow, but our season is not long enough for them to flower from a winter sow.
I found one of the pots from that winter sow this year and it had two seedlings ! I don't know if this was a particularly hardy variety or not.
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Christine
Sep 29, 2017 6:30 AM CST
Thank you Caroline Smiling

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