Saving seeds is important to me. It gives me a chance learn, enjoy and admire plants in a different way. I grew up in a family that enjoyed being outside doing many different activities and I learned early on how to collect seeds along the way . It was easy way to learn about plants as well as learn how to start seeds and grow things (thanks Mom!).
Seed pods can be so interesting and alluring to me. I always make sure that I have tiny zip bags with me just in case I find a seed pod I can’t pass up when I am out and about. It is an easy way to collect seeds and transport them home where I can then get them out to dry and then put into either a glass jar or a little envelope to save and plant when the time is right.
I am also never too shy to knock on someones door to ask what is growing in their yard or ask if I can have some seeds.
Datura seed pods are pretty easy to handle when they are green, but when they are dry their spines become very sharp. As they dry out the pods start to crack open and the seeds drop out.
My mom has some Datura growing in her gardens in Minnesota. I knew she needs to replant the seeds each spring to grow them again. My neighbor also has some growing and, here in Texas, it tends to re-seed itself. I look forward to growing a few Datura plants next year.
Here is a link to see Datura flower looks like.
My tiny little plastic bags didn’t work for these seed pods. Luckily they were just next door and I could borrow and container to get them home.