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    I have a horizontal area of lupins following on from the heavy rain and winds.
    I've cut off the flower stems as they have finished flowering.
    Thing is, the seedpods are still green.
    Should the seeds mature properly and dry out if left in a warm, dry place?
    (I've only ever collected from dry seed pods about to pop previously.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    If the seed heads are fully formed, try saving them. Nothing to lose and everything to gain.
    How do i know if theyre fully formed,
    do they have to be dry,
    I dont know what they look like,
    what if it rains

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    phalocaelia (sp?) collected.
    In other news, I have planted out more saved bean seeds from 2017 (the first planting got nibbled by something).

    Interestingly, the 2018 crop was of smaller beans. I don't know if it was because of the dry weather or cross-pollination/degradation of the plant etc. It will be interesting to see what the 2019 crop is like (albeit it will be very late in).

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    I saved some snakes head fritillary yesterday.
    I know they'll take a while to flower from seed. They'll have all the time they need in my new garden ( fingers still crossed )
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    I spotted a load of foxgloves today that have set pods, just a bit longer until dry I think
    I assume taking a few pods from each plant is ok? I know your not supposed to dig wild flowers
    If not someone at my allotment has some but they are no where near as vigorous as the wild ones, some are 5-6 feet high
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    I'm sure its OK to take some seed from wild foxgloves, Steve.
    The ones here seem to be exceptionally tall this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Workslave View Post
    I spotted a load of foxgloves today that have set pods, just a bit longer until dry I think
    I assume taking a few pods from each plant is ok? I know your not supposed to dig wild flowers
    If not someone at my allotment has some but they are no where near as vigorous as the wild ones, some are 5-6 feet high
    Sincerely
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    fine to take a few seed Steve as VC said.

    Wait until the pods turn brownish and start to split - then when you pick them take a paper bag or envelope with you and put the pods directly in that - the seed is very small and comes out if ripe as soon as its picked. After you have picked them you can separate the pods from the seed and throw them away.

    I did this last year with some of mine, but made the mistake of sowing the seed too thickly, so that when they germinated each small pinch of compost had about 10 seedlings in it. So my advice - mix the seed with some dry sand before you sow it in order to make sowing thinly easier.

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