Fertilization and seed development brings the Wisconsin Fast Plants® back to the beginning of the life cycle.
After pollination, fertilization yields a new and genetically unique single cell. Embryogenesis
takes this single cell and sees it through to a seed.
Harvesting Your Seeds
- Brown paper bags
- Shallow plastic tray or metal pan
- Seed envelopes (coin envelopes)
- Zipper-type plastic sandwich bags
- Indicating silica gel drying compound
Approximately 20 days after last pollination, when the ends of the pods are changing from green to brown, remove the water reservoir.
Let plants dry for 7 days until the pods are crisp and
Cut the plants off and place them in a paper bag.
Label the bag with the planting and pollination
If pods are not crisp, let them dry further in bag.
Staple the bag shut.
Break up the pods thoroughly by crushing them in the bag to release
Pour seed and chaff into the shallow tray.
Pick out the large pieces of stems and leaves, and the remaining pod pieces.
Gently blow on the remaining mixture. The chaff
should blow away, leaving clean seeds. You may wish to do this outside.
Place your clean, dried seeds into a labeled envelope.
Store your seed envelopes in a zipper-type sandwich bags in a refrigerator. For optimal long-term (12-month) storage, add silica gel in the bag to remove any remaining moisture. Seeds stored under these conditions will remain viable for many years.
Pods on Plant
A Fast Plant shown wilth pods on the plant.