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Regularly check the twist tie or string that you secured the pantyhose with, because as the plant’s stem dries, it may shrink. If the tie becomes loose enough, the seeds can slip through the bottom of the pantyhose. You don’t want the seedpod to be wet for long, or mold might form and ruin the seeds. If there’s a heavy rain, remove the pantyhose and wring it out before you replace it—or, better yet, replace it with dry pantyhose. Even using the pantyhose method, it is important to keep an eye on the seedpod.
Wet Processing Seeds Several types of seeds grow and mature inside plants with a fleshy pulp, such as passionfruit, tomato, balsam pear, and cucumber. You must use a technique known as wet processing to save the seeds from these types of plants. You must allow the fruit to reach full maturity on the plant before you collect these types of seeds. That’s the only way the seeds can mature and be viable. But you don’t want to wait too long, because the seeds can begin to germinate inside the plant—and they will be lost to you.
Instead they protect them with hard shells. ) Plants that produce seeds on the outside of the plant (instead of inside a fruit or vegetable) typically grow a seedpod that holds the developing seeds. The seedpod swells and grows in size as the seeds develop. You can watch the process if you pay attention to a particular flower when it’s in bloom. Look inside the flower and identify the ovary, which is located in the center of the plant. It should look like a swollen bump, usually in some shade of green.