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Re: HYB:Aging Seed Pods

In a message dated 7/4/2006 8:08:16 P.M. Central Standard Time,  
mollyd1953@hotmail.com writes:

Is there  something I should be looking for earlier that 
tells me they're  ready?

Hi Molly,
Down here in Texas, before the seed pods split, they will fade to a  greenish 
white. Then when they get closer to the ripening stage, the pods will  start 
to shrink a little in size, as they are turning brown. The last stage is  when 
the top of the pod will dry and split. Occasionally I will have a seed  pod 
stalk rot, so I harvest it early. I had two of them to do that this spring.  
The seeds were fully developed, but white. Not sure how others treat the not yet 
 ripened seeds, as for me I go ahead and put them in the refrigerator in 
paper  towel burritos! I have seedlings from un ripened seeds.
Also a note to your earlier question, about seed pod ripening stage  from 
zone, to zone. I harvested my last three seed pods, of thirty crosses, this  past 
week. The last few years I've been making crosses on TB's in late  February!
Fort Worth, TX
Zone 7b

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