In a message dated 6/8/2007 11:36:43 A.M. Central Daylight Time,
<<I have had several pods where the stalks have
dried thus leaving the pods under-developed .. question : How many
weeks of development would be necessary for viability
? and how would you try to develop the seeds to fruition
Jim the "under-developed" part worries me. I've grown seedlings where
the cross had only been made for a month before the stalk collapsed. In
one case (2004) I planted 100 seed from two pods on such a stalk. Only 8
germinated, but I felt that was worth the time and effort. Another
collapsed in 2005 and dozens germinated out of 60+ potential.
I cut the rotted portion of the stalk off and then lay the pod on a shelf
in my office, with tag connected. Now, I put the pods in those little lace
bags I made and tack them to my message board! It prevents possible
staining of my shelving and still allows good air circulation. The tag
goes in the bag with the pod.
I kept one last year that only had a couple of weeks. It didn't make
it. It only had two seed and they didn't germinate.
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