Collecting Seeds from a butterfly bush

rjingaDecember 13, 2008

Is it typical that there be NO seed pods on the plant?

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token28001(zone7b NC)

Most of my pods have already cracked and split. I cut branches in mid november for seed pods that looked nearly ripe to save. I only had a few on either of my two plants. One, an immature bush that came up this year, had none. It only bloomed once.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2008 at 1:34AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Is it typical? No. If it bloomed and if it got any pollination there should be seed pods.

Dave

    Bookmark   December 14, 2008 at 3:38PM
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tommie_jo(z8b TX)

Plants have to be sexually mature to reproduce; improved varieties are cloned via cuttings. Butterfly Bush seeds need stratification (cold treatment) before they germinate, usually 3-4 weeks in the fridge will do.

This link shows pictures of the seed pod and comments on seed collection and handling:

wintersown.org/wseo1/Butterfly_Bush_Seeds.html

Tommie

    Bookmark   December 14, 2008 at 4:07PM
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