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Name: Kate
Minneapolis, MN
Oct 6, 2017 11:44 AM CST
I found a random Moonflower plant growing at the edge of a parking lot, and I want to harvest the seedpods before someone mows it over! There are no flowers left on the plant, but there are 5-6 pods (which are still green,) and I wondered if I can pick them at this stage, and if I do, how do I ensure I'll get seeds for next year? Thanks in advance for any advice you can give! Kate
Name: Lin
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Oct 6, 2017 1:17 PM CST
Hi CJE, Welcome!

You could keep watch and wait for the Moon Vine (Ipomoea alba) pods to turn brown but it probably wouldn't hurt to take them before the remainder of the plants are mowed down. You can lay them out somewhere to see if they continue to dry so that you can harvest the seeds. I'm not sure if it depends on how far along the current pods are that would determine the viability of the seeds ... but I'd definitely give it a try if that area is going to be mowed! Green Grin!
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Name: Kate
Minneapolis, MN
Oct 7, 2017 12:56 PM CST
Thank you for your quick response, I really appreciate it! I have taken two green pods and have set them on a windowsill that has indirect light, and just wait and see what happens. I’m actually thinking about cutting down a tomato cage, and placing it over the plant. It will do one of two things: The cage will make it obvious so anyone mowing will see it (and hopefully leave it there,) or it will bring a lot of attention from shoppers who park in that lot, and there will be no pods left… Confused
Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
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Oct 8, 2017 5:49 PM CST
Welcome! @CJE
They won't ripen if you pick them while they are still green, even if you let them dry. What you can do is cut them with some stems long enough to put them in the window in a glass of water, they will continue to dry and ripen on the stem. Once they turn brown and paper like they are ready. Change your water often so it doesn't get icky. I've ripened many morning glory seeds this way.
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