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Collecting Seeds from a butterfly bush

Posted by rjinga middle ga, zone 8 (My Page) on
Sat, Dec 13, 08 at 16:52

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


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RE: Collecting Seeds from a butterfly bush

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.


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RE: Collecting Seeds from a butterfly bush

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

Dave


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RE: Collecting Seeds from a butterfly bush

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


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