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HAVE: Have: Husker Red Penstemon

Posted by annikasmommykate 5 NH (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 22, 12 at 17:25

I haven't harvested yet. The seeds are ripening right now. They'll be ready in about a week.

I'm trying to decide if it's worth getting the seeds. I have tons of plants, so I don't really need them myself, but if anyone wants some, I'll let them finish ripening and dry them out.

Anyone interested?

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RE: HAVE: Have: Husker Red Penstemon

  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 22, 12 at 18:17

I would love some. Anything in particular you are looking for?


RE: HAVE: Have: Husker Red Penstemon

I'll never turn down some more columbine :-)

I'll let you know when I have them all set for you.

RE: HAVE: Have: Husker Red Penstemon

  • Posted by nan-6161 Zone 7 Long Island, (My Page) on
    Sat, Jun 23, 12 at 23:23

In my experience these take a loooong time to ripen to the point of harvesting seed. I've left the seed heads on all summer and harvested in the fall.Their dark color seed pods look nice in the garden. If you haven't had the pleasure prepared...the ripe seed pods smell like stinky feet! The first time I gathered a big bunch and brought them inside to dry I was taken aback...

Like you,I have found that they self seed readily and since I don't need anymore, I am cutting of the old flower stems this year for the first time. I think I will leave a few bunches to gather seed from in the fall to share with others, but thats it.

Such a pretty plant. Every garden should have some.

RE: HAVE: Have: Husker Red Penstemon

Oh dear...I may have to (not so gracefully) bow out of trading this flower then...I could leave it to ripen for a few weeks, but they're not somewhere that I can leave them until the fall...Down they'll have to come :-/

Nan, if you do save seeds, do you mind if people come to you for them instead? I feel bad...I didn't realize they would take so long...

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