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From: "Jim McClements, Dover, DE z6" <JimMcClem at AOL.COM>
Subject: Re: Seed heads
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In a message dated 7/12/01 7:22:22 AM, petra at PLANTDELIGHTS.COM writes:

<< We've had tons of rain here this month and the peduncles on the

infructescenses of Arisaema are mushing out.  The berries are fat and gre=en

but not yet coloring and I'm curious if anyone has a procedure to

successfully ripen green fruits.



I wouldn't try to "ripen" arisaema seeds early. Most arisaemas, even the
early flowerers like ringens and sikokianum, don't ripen their berries un=til
October or later, and the seeds will likely be immature before then, even=if
you can artificially redden the berries.

I'd leave them on the plants until frost, or until the stem withers, and
then, if they are still green, stick them in a corner and wait for the
berries to turn red and soften before harvesting the seeds.

Jim McClements

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