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DIY - How To Grow Beautiful Flower Gardens Starting from Saved Flower Seeds

Updated on June 5, 2011

Vase Full of Fresh Cut Sunflowers Grown From Seed

Enjoy fresh Cut Flowers all Summer when you grow your own flowers from seed
Enjoy fresh Cut Flowers all Summer when you grow your own flowers from seed | Source

Start Flowers from Seed for a Low Cost Garden

DO you enjoy beautiful Flowers? Have you ever thought that you would like to grow a flower garden but you don't know where to start or you hate the thought of buying annals that die at the end of the season.

Well, keep reading to find out more about how you can grow your own flowers without spending alot of money.

The photo on the right is sunflowers, fresh cut from my garden and placed in a vase to enjoy indoors. These sunflowers were grown from mixed sunflower seed.

Fresh cut flowers in the flower shop or grocery store are expensive and quickly die and must be thrown away. You can save money and get the joy of growing you own when you save flower seeds.

More Sunflowers in Vase

Larger vase of sunflowers from the garden
Larger vase of sunflowers from the garden | Source

Sunflower blooms drying in the sun

Saving seed from flowers to use the next year.
Saving seed from flowers to use the next year. | Source

Lots of Sunflowers

There were 2 large vases filled with sunflowers cut from the garden, as shown in the photos above and on the right.

The photo below shows the sunflower tops after they were removed from the vase. They were placed on a screen to dry. This is the remains after enjoying them indoors for almost 2 weeks.

The photos are of sunflowers but you can easily save seed from lots of annuals and start your garden again the next year without having to purchase seeds again. And the great part is your collection keeps growing.

The amount of seeds in a packet that you purchase in a store in nothing compared to the amount of seeds that you will quickly have. You can share with friends, family, co workers, do seed exchanges and more.

To get your garden started on a budget shop online, or in garden centers for your first collection of seeds, then save them and spend your money on something else the next season.

Other flowers you can start from seed

In addition to sunflowers I have successfully saved mixed marigolds, hyacinth bean vine, mixed giant zinnias, orange zinnia, and some perennials including blanket flower, black eyed Susan, and others.

The process of drying seeds is lengthy and requires patience. But it is very rewarding.

First of all make sure that you deadhead the flowers during the season as needed to promote more blooms and healthier plants. The dead bloom of the flower contains the seeds, So don't throw it away.

The petals of the bloom are not the seeds. Usually seeds are contained in the center of the flower. And some are easy to see while others are tiny.

The dead heads (spent blooms) have to be dried in order to save the seed. This is done by allowing them to get air dried. Place them on a screen or in shallow boxes until they dry.

The seeds will dry faster outside, with lots of air circulating around them. However, be prepared to take them indoors at night to avoid moisture. Do not let them mold, it will damage the seeds and they will not sprout.

Do not place the seeds in containers that won't let air circulate until they are totally dry, or they will mold and you will have worked for nothing.

Another way to cellect seeds, is from cut flowers that you grow in your garden. As the flowers are blooming cut them bring them inside and enjoy them like I did with the sunflowers.

Keep your cut flowers watered, large flowers require alot of water. Then when they no longer look good cut the blooms off and save as directed above.

Make sure to collect the seeds of annual flowers before frost. The frost will damage the seeds and they are not useable.

Once the seeds are dry, this can take several weeks, store in a cool area until you are ready to plant them. Take the seed heads apart and you are ready to plant the seeds and grow a beautiful garden.

Make sure there is not sign of frost in your area when you plant the seeds. Good luck, share your success stories below in the comments section.


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    • RentedMule profile image

      RentedMule 6 years ago from Lexington Kentucky

      Hi RTolloni,

      I am going to plant mine this weedend, hopefully, we got a light frost a few days ago, but everything is ok. I have not planted as much as I normally would have because we have had an amazing amount of rain recently.

      I have had seeds to wash way before, so I hope that this time I won't have to worry about it.

      Great idea about the crushed mosquito plant leaves, I have had seeds to disappear too., Thanks for sharing!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Fab advice you share here. Your sunflowers are amazing.

      I've always had trouble growing them here because the squirrels and chipmonks would take the seeds just as soon as I planted them. Then one day it occurred to me that I might plant the seeds with some crushed mosquito plant leaves. It worked!!! Last year I had sunflowers here for the first time. :) I haven't gotten around to getting out my sunflower seeds yet this year, and I'm glad because of the late freeze this week (hope your plants are okay over your way), but thanks for the reminder...surely it's not too soon to start them now.

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      RentedMule 6 years ago from Lexington Kentucky

      Hi Pamela,

      I have had good luck with starting flowers from seed too. It may vary with the type of plant, regarding the transplanting. Cooler weather is best when repotting a plant. Thanks for your comment.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Flowers grown from seed do better than repotted plants. At least that has been my experience. Great story.

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      RentedMule 6 years ago from Lexington Kentucky

      Hello Diane, Thanks for your comments. You should be able to go ahead and plant your sunflower seeds now. Take lots of photos of your flowers so you have memories and make usre to save the seeds to have more flowers next year. Happy Gardening!