Collecting Lilium henryi seed

Jim McKenney
Tue, 09 Oct 2018 12:21:33 PDT
Brian asked: "  I need to collect Lilium henryi seed for a seedex. For me this lily ripens quite late in the season, and at present has fully formed and well coloured (some green but mostly dark red/brown) pods, but they show little sign, of drying and splitting to release the seed. Can I hurry this along without damaging the seed?    " Brian, I don't know of a way to hurry the ripening process, but if you are concerned that the developing seed will be damaged by freezing weather, it is safe to cut the stems, place them in water, and allow the seed to ripen under cover or inside. 
Jim McKenneyMontgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where it's hot and humid and hard to realize that we're already into October. Not a bulb, but the handsomest plant in the garden right now is a two square yard (and 7' high)  mass of Aster tataricus. 

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