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I recently bought a Euphorbia Lathyris. It has shed most of its leaves and all that remains are the seed pods. I believe they explode. Given the wet weather and grey sky we have had I have cut them off including the parts of the stem and placed them in a tax office brown envelope. Is it likely they will ripen and explode in the envelope? 

Are there any other methods for getting seeds before they rot away in the wet weather?

Thank You


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    I find seeds don't rot away in the weather.

    If they are ripe/mature they will dry out and be fine. If they are not ripe, they will not ripen once removed from the plant.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Thanks Nutcutlet. Alas the pods were green when I removed them. I didn't want them exploding all over the garden. I'll leave them for a while and see what happens.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,049

    A brown paper bag over the ripening seedheads and secured with string will allow the seeds to ripen while you remain in control. 

    When the bag rattles when you shake it you should find ripe seeds inside. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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