Well, I'm pleased to say that my plant reemerged from the pot this year. But with the dark, rainy summer we've had, it didn't produce the copious amounts of pods equal to last year's harvest. It's a bit scant.
Nonetheless, it's now time to harvest my crop.
Isn't it an ugly plant? I feel bad saying a plant is ugly, but this one truly is... Its only redeeming value are the beautiful seed pods it produces each summer. And that alone makes it a plant I want in my collection. But be warned - not only is it an ugly plant, it's also extremely invasive. Ugly + invasive = potted plant! If you obtain one of these, do keep it in a pot or keep a friend like me who is willing to share!
Drying these colorful pods is easy.
Keep your stems as long as possible.
To dry, bundle your stems with a twist tie or rubber band. If possible, leave space between the pods so that they get adequate air circulation.
Small bundles are better than large ones for the same reason.
Once you've bundled all your pods, hang them in a dry, dark location for a few weeks. I have my little bundle hung in my garage right beside my kitchen door. This way I get to admire them as I come + go. If you have a larger crop, a string or wire attached to two walls or structures will also do.
This marks the beginning stages of fall. And my pods will be ready just in time for all it's gloriousness!