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Seedy Subjects! => Grow From Seed => Topic started by: fermi de Sousa on December 07, 2006, 01:32:21 AM

Title: Seed Collection
Post by: fermi de Sousa on December 07, 2006, 01:32:21 AM
We have 3 small shrubs of Daphne alpina in berry which are now (late spring in the Southern hemisphere) starting to ripen and turn orange. Last year was the first time one bush flowered and it did set seed but I never saw the berries ripen; perhaps taken by birds?
When should these be collected? Should I pick them as they start to colour or wait till they are completely red (or do they stay orange?) and risk the birds getting to them first?
Any advice would be welcome!
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: Seed Collection
Post by: Susan Band on December 07, 2006, 09:30:49 AM
Hi fermi,
Get them before the birds, they love daphne berries. Once you can squish the flesh off the berries they should be ripe enough, they don't turn as bright red as in Daphne retusa. I suggest you clean and wash them before sowing, mice love them as well.
Susan
Title: Re: Seed Collection
Post by: fermi de Sousa on December 07, 2006, 10:21:58 PM
Thanks, Susan,
I'll attempt some collecting on the weekend...if there are any left! One bush is growing amongst Alstroemeria angustifolia and it makes a pretty picture.
cheers
fermi