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Re: Spigela marilandica question

Oh good - thanks Gene!  I had suspected they were.  They're probably
like growing daylilies from seed - four years is normal start to
finish.  Well I will give them a try.  If I can get even one to
propagate, that will be a victory.  And yes, they do flower a second
time IF you deadhead.
Mine have from their second year in the ground, such a nice surprise. 
I just LOVE this plant.  I wonder if leaving the seeds will affect
that second bloom period.  Oh well, will have to risk it...

On 5/22/05, Gene Bush <genebush@otherside.com> wrote:
> Seed pods they are, Pam.
>    Wait for them to turn tan and then feel them... with a very slight
> pressure they should come off into your fingers. The seeds will be small
> what looks like black stones. Keep a close eye on the pods as when they
> mature they explode and throw the seeds. Veeeeerrry slow from seed to
> flower... years.
>    One of the most showy natives and among my favorites when in bloom in
> the garden. I have 5 mature clumps of it in my garden going up the hill into
> the garden.
>    I did not know it flowered a second time... must be your long mild
> seasons.
>    Gene E. Bush
> Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
> www.munchkinnursery.com
> genebush@munchkinnursery.com
> Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Pam Evans" <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
> >I noticed when deadheading my Spigela today that at the base of about
> > half of the flower spikes, that there were two small round what looks
> > like seed pods.  I left them on the plant.  They are green still.
> > Will these mature into viable seeds if I leave them alone?  This plant
> > is 4 years old now and this is the first year it has done this.   I
> > hope doing that won't prevent my second set of flowers later on.
> > Anyone know?  I get so many compliments on this plant, I'd love to be
> > able to share it.
> > Pam Evans
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Kemp TX
zone 8A

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