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I'd like to collect some common vetch seeds from roadside patches
to see if they're useful as groundcover. In this (very dry) year
the bloom is good, which augurs well for drought tolerance.

Collecting fully-ripe seeds is difficult. The county mows road
shoulders at irregular intervals, making the plants hard to find
at all and scattering what seeds might be present.

I've tried grabbing a few whole plants at random times, hoping to
find a few mature pods, but it seems that if visible flowers are
present essentially no pods are filled out. Once bloom ceases the
plants are surprisingly hard to find among the other weeds.

Is there any technique to help unripe pods mature enough to yield
viable seeds, either left attached to the plant stem or taken
off? Might putting the cut stems, with pods, in water like cut
flowers allow any useful development?

Thanks for reading,

bob prohaska


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On Sun, 25 Apr 2021 18:37:10 -0000 (UTC)
bob prohaska wrote:

I'd like to collect some common vetch seeds from roadside patches
to see if they're useful as groundcover. In this (very dry) year
the bloom is good, which augurs well for drought tolerance.

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Crown vetch was commonly used as a roadside cover... It was a bad
mistake, it is highly invasive. See:

https://html.duckduckgo.com/html/?q=...invasive&kd=-1

There are a lot of "vetches". Just be careful collecting along the
roadside and which one you're getting

That said you can just order/buy Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) seed:

https://html.duckduckgo.com/html/?q=...h%20seed&kd=-1

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Leon Fisk wrote:
Crown vetch was commonly used as a roadside cover... It was a bad
mistake, it is highly invasive. See:

https://html.duckduckgo.com/html/?q=...invasive&kd=-1

There are a lot of "vetches". Just be careful collecting along the
roadside and which one you're getting


Understood, I'm confident this is not crown vetch. The flower are puple,
the plant is annual.

That said you can just order/buy Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) seed:

https://html.duckduckgo.com/html/?q=...h%20seed&kd=-1


That would work, but it's going to be an alien variety. The plants growing
along local roads are already adapted to climate and soil here. And, they're
free if I can find them among the weeds... Tolerance of local conditions
is mostly what I'm after.

Thanks for writing,

bob prohaska

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On 4/25/2021 11:37 AM, bob prohaska wrote:
I'd like to collect some common vetch seeds from roadside patches
to see if they're useful as groundcover. In this (very dry) year
the bloom is good, which augurs well for drought tolerance.

Collecting fully-ripe seeds is difficult. The county mows road
shoulders at irregular intervals, making the plants hard to find
at all and scattering what seeds might be present.

I've tried grabbing a few whole plants at random times, hoping to
find a few mature pods, but it seems that if visible flowers are
present essentially no pods are filled out. Once bloom ceases the
plants are surprisingly hard to find among the other weeds.

Is there any technique to help unripe pods mature enough to yield
viable seeds, either left attached to the plant stem or taken
off? Might putting the cut stems, with pods, in water like cut
flowers allow any useful development?

Thanks for reading,

bob prohaska


If you pick them before they are ready, seeds will not mature. You
might try digging up a plant and potting it to keep it alive until its
seeds mature naturally.

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David E. Ross wrote:
On 4/25/2021 11:37 AM, bob prohaska wrote:
I'd like to collect some common vetch seeds from roadside patches
to see if they're useful as groundcover. In this (very dry) year
the bloom is good, which augurs well for drought tolerance.

Collecting fully-ripe seeds is difficult. The county mows road
shoulders at irregular intervals, making the plants hard to find
at all and scattering what seeds might be present.

I've tried grabbing a few whole plants at random times, hoping to
find a few mature pods, but it seems that if visible flowers are
present essentially no pods are filled out. Once bloom ceases the
plants are surprisingly hard to find among the other weeds.

Is there any technique to help unripe pods mature enough to yield
viable seeds, either left attached to the plant stem or taken
off? Might putting the cut stems, with pods, in water like cut
flowers allow any useful development?

Thanks for reading,

bob prohaska


If you pick them before they are ready, seeds will not mature. You
might try digging up a plant and potting it to keep it alive until its
seeds mature naturally.

Granted, if I pick just the pod too early there's no hope. I was wondering
if taking a substantial cutting and keeping it hydrated to some extent
might promote at least partial maturation.

Plantnapping isn't exactly a crime, but it's more work and getting late
in the season...
8-)

Thanks for writing!

bob prohaska




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On 4/25/2021 7:25 PM, bob prohaska wrote [in part]:

[snipped]

Granted, if I pick just the pod too early there's no hope. I was wondering
if taking a substantial cutting and keeping it hydrated to some extent
might promote at least partial maturation.


[snipped]

That might work with a perennial or woody plant. It almost never works
with annuals. The only annual I ever saw as an exception was a
marigold. One summer, I grew some tall merigolds and made a bouquet of
them for my wife. After a week, I went to change the water in the vase
and discovered the stems had put out roots into the water. The bouquet
lasted several weeks.

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David E. Ross wrote:
On 4/25/2021 7:25 PM, bob prohaska wrote [in part]:

[snipped]

Granted, if I pick just the pod too early there's no hope. I was wondering
if taking a substantial cutting and keeping it hydrated to some extent
might promote at least partial maturation.


[snipped]

That might work with a perennial or woody plant. It almost never works
with annuals. The only annual I ever saw as an exception was a
marigold. One summer, I grew some tall merigolds and made a bouquet of
them for my wife. After a week, I went to change the water in the vase
and discovered the stems had put out roots into the water. The bouquet
lasted several weeks.

Well, that proves it's possible. I'll grab a bunch and try to keep
it moist on the way home, then stick the stems in water. I don't
really expect roots, a little more development of the pods would be
helpful. If not, it was cheap entertainment...

Thanks for writing!

bob prohaska
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I've collected a few bunches of vetch with both pods and flowers.
Some pods have been detached, to dry separately. Some whole bunches
are drying intact, so see if it makes a difference. Another bunch
or two have been placed with stems in water, to see if keeping them
a little hydrated helps any.

One thing I haven't seen are any obviously ripe pods, even from the
bottom of apparently-old plants. All pods are bright green, much
like snow peas. Pods at the bottom of the plants have obvious seeds,
but none are filled to the extent seen with snow peas, which fill
the pod to near-bursting when close to ripe.

What does a ripe common vetch pod look like? Links to photos would
be ideal, photos found so far are mostly of flowers and leaves.

Thanks for reading,

bob prohaska


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On Sat, 1 May 2021 00:47:35 -0000 (UTC)
bob prohaska wrote:

snip
What does a ripe common vetch pod look like? Links to photos would
be ideal, photos found so far are mostly of flowers and leaves.


You may be able to find something he

https://www.gbif.org/occurrence/gall...on_key=2975014

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On 4/25/2021 2:37 PM, bob prohaska wrote:
I'd like to collect some common vetch seeds from roadside patches
to see if they're useful as groundcover. In this (very dry) year
the bloom is good, which augurs well for drought tolerance.

Collecting fully-ripe seeds is difficult. The county mows road
shoulders at irregular intervals, making the plants hard to find
at all and scattering what seeds might be present.

I've tried grabbing a few whole plants at random times, hoping to
find a few mature pods, but it seems that if visible flowers are
present essentially no pods are filled out. Once bloom ceases the
plants are surprisingly hard to find among the other weeds.

Is there any technique to help unripe pods mature enough to yield
viable seeds, either left attached to the plant stem or taken
off? Might putting the cut stems, with pods, in water like cut
flowers allow any useful development?

Thanks for reading,

bob prohaska

I tried it as a ground cover for my slopes in the back yard years ago
when it was widely used along roads in neighboring PA. Stared growing
nicely but disappeared. Turned out the deer loved it.


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Frank "frank wrote:
[regarding common vetch]
I tried it as a ground cover for my slopes in the back yard years ago
when it was widely used along roads in neighboring PA. Stared growing
nicely but disappeared. Turned out the deer loved it.


The only herbivores in my yard are fox squirrels. Whether they'll
be a problem with vetch is unclear, but they're becoming destructive
to pecan catkins.

Apart from lack of persistence did you observe any objectionable
features of the vetch?

Thanks for writing!

bob prohaska

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Leon Fisk wrote:
On Sat, 1 May 2021 00:47:35 -0000 (UTC)
bob prohaska wrote:

snip
What does a ripe common vetch pod look like? Links to photos would
be ideal, photos found so far are mostly of flowers and leaves.


You may be able to find something he

https://www.gbif.org/occurrence/gall...on_key=2975014


That is a most impressive site.

The only ripe pod image I could
find was
https://www.gbif.org/occurrence/3044680742
which is from New Zealand. If that's what mine need to look like
I'm nowhere close to having ripe pods.

Everything I have looks like a miniature snow pea with visible seeds.
This picture is close:
https://www.gbif.org/occurrence/3058848655


Thanks very much for writing!

bob prohaska

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On Sat, 1 May 2021 19:11:51 -0000 (UTC)
bob prohaska wrote:

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The only ripe pod image I could
find was
https://www.gbif.org/occurrence/3044680742
which is from New Zealand. If that's what mine need to look like
I'm nowhere close to having ripe pods.


Shouldn't matter, that is why Latin names are used. Should be the same
plant whether growing here or over there. Only question would be if it
was properly ID'd...

Same site but a bit different search parameters. A lot of these
images are from herbariums in the USA. Dried/pressed specimens...

https://www.gbif.org/occurrence/gall..._k ey=2975014

It seems like yours are a bit immature yet...

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On 5/1/2021 2:57 PM, bob prohaska wrote:
Frank "frank wrote:
[regarding common vetch]
I tried it as a ground cover for my slopes in the back yard years ago
when it was widely used along roads in neighboring PA. Stared growing
nicely but disappeared. Turned out the deer loved it.


The only herbivores in my yard are fox squirrels. Whether they'll
be a problem with vetch is unclear, but they're becoming destructive
to pecan catkins.

Apart from lack of persistence did you observe any objectionable
features of the vetch?

Thanks for writing!

bob prohaska


It had been quite a while but it was growing nicely. Cannot remember
how I planted it. I had same experience with ivy which deer would eat
in winter. I had a lot of both on my banks and not a trace now and have
of late been fighting Japanese stilt grass and sticky weed.

There is also shade to consider. Deer do not eat pachysandra but it
appears to like shade and I do not see it in sunny areas.


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Leon Fisk wrote:

It seems like yours are a bit immature yet...


Refrigerator?


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