Time to harvest Suffruticosa seeds & dry leaves

14 Nov

It’s November here in the Texas Hill Country. Temps are dropping and the days are shorter. My Indigofera Suffruticosa has bloomed and the seed pods are turning brown. Time for harvesting seed pods before the winds come.

Slowly they turn brown despite the grasshopper threat.

I trim the tops off that are heavy with seed. The leaves are dried in a herb dryer under shelter. The seed stalks are left in a wheelbarrow to ripen & dry.

Dried IS leaves
Drying on the stem after leaves harvested for drying

The seeds continue to ripen on the stalk until brown/black & the pods split until the seeds peak out at you.

Seed pods are dry & splitting

So now I wait and let the Indigofera Suffruticosa pods continue to dry. Jan/Feb I will have a grand seed stomp and separate chaff from seed for sale. These seed pods will continue to dry in their wheelbarrow. The seeds will be much easier to separate the more patient I am with the drying process.

Need to pull out stems

And now, back outside to continue the harvest before the wind & rains come. It is a different game once the weather shifts.

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