Harvesting colius seed

aachenelf z5 MplsAugust 21, 2005

OK, I have not cut back the flowers on my Kong Colius because I would like to save seed. I believe these do grow true from seed. So far, there are these green seed-like pods, but they never seem to turn dark like I would imagine. Will they? When do you havest the seed on these plants?

Thanks

Kevin

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gladiola_oh(z5 OH)

Coleus seeds are relatively easy to collect as the pods begin to turn brown. I hold my left palm under the seed stalk and gently rub the flower pods. The seeds obtained are easy to recognize as they look exatly like seeds.

After I collect a few seeds I plant them in a small container. With watering, they sprouted in less than a week. I overwinter them inside. The seedlings that sprouted are true, as you said.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2005 at 1:14PM
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aachenelf z5 Mpls

Thank you. So they will turn brown eventually.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2005 at 2:35PM
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dale949(Zone 8)

I grew Kong Colius from seeds. The leaves were huge, as advertised but they only grew 6" high. What happened?
Dale949

    Bookmark   January 7, 2007 at 7:03PM
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aachenelf z5 Mpls

Dale

The Kong seed I harvested turned out to be good and the plants all came true which was nice. I did noticed that mine really took a long time to do anything. Like yours, the leaves were huge, but the plants only topped out at maybe 12 inches by the end of the summer compared to other colius which grew huge. I'm not sure I'm even going to plant many of the Kongs this year. They're nice, but other varieties seem to be better performers.

Kevin

    Bookmark   January 7, 2007 at 7:43PM
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