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How soon are bluebell seeds viable?

I was walking through our local bluebell woods and came across a message on the path spelled out in bluebells - it was two foot high and several bluebells deep. Someone had picked several hundred bluebells (several thousand individual flowerheads) to do it, which were just about to start to wilt.

It was a carrier bag full so I picked them up and distributed them along the hedgerows on the way back. I still have a lot of them - I've put the ones with stalks in water but my question is:

will any of them produce viable seed if I dry out the flowerheads? They've been out for a week or so I'd hope they'll have been pollinated. Any advice welcome and thanks in advance.

This could also have been entitled 'mindless idiot of the day thread'


  • LynLyn Posts: 21,992

    They should be left on the plant until they are dry.  I'm not sure if they will grow being so fresh.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Ta, yes that's what I thought. I'll leave the ones with stalks in water to see if they seed just in case.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,166

    seeds need to mature on the plant, if they're in flower the seeds haven't even formed, maturing would be weeks/months away

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • I can wait :)

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,166

    but they're not on the plant if they're in a pot of water.

    but nothing to lose. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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