Melanthium - continued (accidentally split topic)

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Mark McD
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Thanks Dave, I noticed when transplanting, that the roots didn't go too deep, so as you say, suitable for a pot or tough too. Four years to reach flowering, not too bad; if I get seed on mine, I will definitely sow them to increase stock of this little delight.

My plant was growing in full sun these past 3 years, but perhaps shaded sufficiently from 3'-4' tall weeds surrounding it (insert roll-eyes emoticon here); I replanted it in full sun.  I might just leave it there and hope for the best, some plants take full sun just fine, even though in nature they might be found in shady situations.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Mark McD
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Melanthium virginicum is setting plump seed pods. This being my first experience with Melanthium, I'm not sure what the seed will look like, but I'm anxious to find out, I'll keep you all posted here.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Hoy
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And whether the seed germinate or not!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Mark McD
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Harvested the dried seed capsules about a week ago, assuming they're mature enough. Tonight I took a look at cleaning the pods, and discover what the seed is like. The 3-part capsules are hard to clean, in most only one (possibly two) of the three chambers had seed, they're like good-sized yellowish flakes with a plump central kernel.  Here's a photo as I investigate what the seed is like, and a close-up of what I presume to be viable yellowish elongated flake-like seed.

This is a job best handled by putting on a favorite movie, and sit there carefully splitting open each of three "locules" (seed chamber) on each pod, to extract the seed.

 

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

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