Collecting seeds from wild azalea?

bstruss(9)April 5, 2009

I have some nice flame and pinxter azalea just terminating their bloom and I was wondering about collecting/germinating seeds. I have read that folks collect the dried brown seed pods, but my blossoms simply fall off when expired etc. Therefore, should I collect these soft fallen blossoms - and wait for them to turn brown and dry etc? How do I know which of these will have seeds? I see articles on how to germinate the seeds but can't seem to find much on the harvesting/collecting process. Thanks--

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bstruss(9)

Nevermind on this question. I had not looked closely enough and was noticing pods which had fallen before turning brown (presumably from strong winds). Anyhow, I now see pods turning brown on the plant (which have seeds attached). I suppose it's best to let these get as brown/dried as possible before picking (even if risking them falling)??

I accidently also double posted this to native plants section thinking that this one hadn't posted correctly etc. Sorry.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 1:09PM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Seed pods/seeds mature slowly on azaleas - normally they aren't ripe until late summer, possibly Aug into October.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 2:33PM
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ibartoo(z8 sc)

Thanks for posting that picture. I was wondering how to find the seeds. Linda

    Bookmark   April 27, 2009 at 6:41PM
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