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What to do with Datura seeds?

Posted by greenpassion z4-z5 VT (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 21, 10 at 13:54

I have several large Datura's potted on my deck. These are the white upright ones, and their seed pods have begun to open up and drop seeds into the pot. First off, I thought that the seed pods weren't 'ripe' until they turned brown. These are still green, but definatly bursting open. So, I'd like to collect them, but I'm not sure what's the best way to do it. Should I pull off the green seed pods, wait to open them to get the seeds, or should I just try to collect the dropped seeds laying on the surface of the soil? Anyone out there have any experience with these plants?


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RE: What to do with Datura seeds?

  • Posted by dicot Los Angeles (My Page) on
    Sat, Aug 21, 10 at 19:27

Are these the tree form, more commonly called brugmansia or angel's trumpet these days? Either way, the seed pods have the highest concentrations of the species' hallucinogenic alkaloids & dangerous toxins, so handle with care.


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RE: What to do with Datura seeds?

Thanks for your reply dicot. Don't know if these are the tree form, but they are large. The flowers don't hang down is in your photo, they point upwards, like most regular flowers. They are rounder, huge, and white. They aren't 'trumphet' shaped, more like giant moon flowers, with pointed edges. The foliage has a wonderful scent of sugar cookies, and the flowers do too, only not as strong. The leaves are slightly fuzzy, with almost a blue greenish tint. I do know they are hallucinogenic, but how to handle them? I want to propagate from seed. ??


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RE: What to do with Datura seeds?

If you pick the seed pods and put them in a bag they will pop open on their own. My friend picked one off of one of my plants because she thought it looked cool, and wanted to show it to someone...she left it on her nightstand for a week or so and in the middle of the night it popped open. So I would try that. They also reseed very well, too well actually, in my gardens.


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RE: What to do with Datura seeds?

I usually leave them on the plant til they open and start to dry. Before planting I let them soak in water overnight.
john


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RE: What to do with Datura seeds?

Sounds like you have Datura wrightii, given the fragrance. I'd just watch and when you see a pod starting to open, cut it off an put it in a bag.


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RE: What to do with Datura seeds?

When my Datura seed pods get large and I think they are about ready I put an old knee high stocking around it to collect the seeds. That way they can stay on the bush until they are really ready to open.


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RE: What to do with Datura seeds?

Collect as above and then do some seed swapping. Make a post over in the Brugmansia forums, many people there collect the 'Devil's trumpet' (Datura) along with Angel's trumpet (Brugmansia) You could get some lovely brugmansia and other seeds from the trades. :)


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