After your seeds are completly dry, store them in a cool, dry location. I like to collect seed from marigolds, because I plant a lot of them in my herb and vegetable gardens. Calendula, bachelor buttons, holly hocks are easy to save because the seed is relatively large, Poppies are very small and usually pretty pricey. I have had good luck collecting these tiny seeds. Most people have problems with poppies because they plant them too late in the spring.
haha! I have been carefully cultivating a few weeds all summer because I thought they were flowers - now that they have gone to seed they will probably take over the whole garden! I'm always afraid to pull up weeds, for fear they were something Iactually planted. I am thinking I'll just plant bulbs from now on.
I've collected and grown from seed columbines, marigolds, zinnias, sunflowers, bachelor buttons, poppies, 4 o'clocks, pansies, johnny-jump-ups, nastershum, sweet peas and many others. Occasionally I have even gathered a weed or two by mistake, like the time I brought home bind-weed. Nasty mistake -- there is no such thing as wild morning glory! It is a noxious weed!
I tried chicken farming one time but I was planting them too deep apparently.
Collecting your own seeds can be a good idea but if you continue to do this the flowers or fruit normally get smaller and smaller or less and less. Inbreeding, like in aything, tends to return the plant to its wild state. If you want to collect seeds it is best to find someone to swap them with who is as far from you as possible. It improves the stock if the other seeds come from just a few miles away, but better if it further, different plants fare differently - I don't know, but it may have to do with the pollination area, and bees can really travel if they like something.
I grow poppies in my yard and save the seeds not only to grow again each year but I make poppy seed muffins and bread. I swap seeds with neighbors who have other colors that I like and then sometimes you get entirely different flowers from cross-pollination.
Know what's fun? Collecting the dried seeds from flowering bulbs and growing your own bulbs. Takes 3/4 years for them to grow big enough to flower. I've got some amaryllis I grew from seed. Don't know yet what flower they will have - might even be a new variety!
Ryan don't forget to feed that adorable creature you have dont bother about plants, they need a lot of love and attention. Sunflowers , cosmos , zenias and I have about fifteen variates of lilies I collect their bulbs year after year , grow new plants and give my friends as I have only a 10 x 5 feet balcony in my apartment!
You can save perennial flower seeds too, it is easy to grow them from seeds if you want more of them. I always collect lupin seeds foxglove seeds, and the cerinthe seeds, well many of them i dont have to collect, the seedlings will just appear next spring and i save the little seedlings. That is one advantage of being a messy gardener
I save seeds from nearly everything I grow. I also allow my plants to go to seed. I have the best growing luck with seeds that are left to their own devices. I still save sum though--just in case, lol.
It gives me something to look forward to during the winter months--planting ll those seeds, lol.
I collect seeds from all my plants, all the ones mentioned and tons more... also if you really like a flower in an arrangement, you almost always can dry the flower and get seeds from it as well... I got a lot of cone flowers, rudbeckia and blackeyed susans that way.
I shouldn't admit this on a public forum, but I have NEVER been been able to get ANY seeds beyond doing really well for the first two or three inches before I kill them off. (The only time I planted successfully from seeds was when I was a preschooler, and my father let me plants some marigold seeds and then took care of the watering/feeding himself (of course). The was the LAST time I ever saw any flowers come from any seeds. I pretty much know to buy the plants/flowers I know can survive where, with minimal input from me - already in bloom. (It makes people think I know what I'm doing when they thrive. ) (I once thought I'd save the bulbs from some tulips someone gave me. I put the bulbs in and they never came up. It took me two years to figure out I'd put them in upside down. )
Way to go Lisa. Live and learn huh? Success at planting mainly requires that you know how deep to plant the bulbs/seeds. This is really the key. If you plant seeds too deep (or shallow) they may not germinate properly (some are kind of fussy). Study a few books on planting seeds etc.
Also..regular watering, but not too much..is essential for germination. If you let the soil around seeds dry out, even once, they'll give up. You may not be able to revive them.
I'm able to get seeds of most kinds to thrive to about 3" tall - at which stage in their growth I inevitably kill them with too much, or too little, water. It's always so sad to see such promise turn hay-colored. I like to tell myself that it's the dry environment in the house; but, really, I shouldn't be allowed to ever have flower/plant seeds entrusted to my care. Now, when people give, or send me, packets of seeds I just save the little envelopes and imagine how great it will be when I one day actually try to make the seeds grow. (That way, the "promise" gets to live forever in the kitchen drawer. )
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