Seeds forum: Are you gathering seeds? Which ones?

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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Aug 17, 2012 6:50 AM CST
So far it is mostly poppy seeds. Lupins, leopard's bane, peas.
Now tomatoes are ripening so will collect some seeds.

I get small organza bags at the Buck or two stores.
When flowers fade, I tie a bag around the fading flower so the seeds are not dispersed.
These are the bags normally used for wedding candy or party favours.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Aug 17, 2012 3:37 PM CST
I've just now started collecting a few seeds off my Lavatera, Petunias, and Salpiglossis. I'm just using little 3 oz Dixie cups to drop seeds into to dry. I use them for a little milk to take pills with, then rinse them out and let them dry, so I get double use out of them. Smiling
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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Aug 17, 2012 7:21 PM CST

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smart idea about the Little bags!!.. I haven't done any yet.. trying to get the weeding done little by little
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Aug 17, 2012 9:32 PM CST
Yogurt and Cottage cheese cartons are useful for larger seeds.
Today I noticed the Talinum (Jewels of Opar) is going to seed.
Tied bags around the flower stocks, but I think they are dry enough that I could just cut the stalks.
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Oct 3, 2012 6:25 PM CST
I collected some Sweet William seeds (Dianthus barbatus, I am told). They sprouted where I had planted some seed "mix".

I am also told they are biennial, but they sure seeded the first year I saw any plants there. Maybe there were tiny unidentified "weeds" the year before, that flowered and seeded this year?

Or maybe the fact that I had to uproot all of them and move them to other beds convinced them to flower and seed in their first year, or die!

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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Oct 4, 2012 8:46 AM CST
Sweet William is a good self seeder here too.
I seldom collect the seeds,but let them roam where they will grow again.
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Oct 4, 2012 6:11 PM CST

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Collecting seeds? How about this. I planted the last of my wintersown seedlings today. Hilarious!

Karen
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Oct 4, 2012 6:49 PM CST
I'm glad it's not just me, Karen. *Blush*
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Oct 4, 2012 7:05 PM CST
Me, too. *Blush*

I still have a few to go...

Daylilies, iris and assorted others as well. Then toss in a few trees... Rolling my eyes.

When are we ever going to get a good, thorough soaking? Blinking

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I've collected seeds of just a few varieties so far - most of the ones I can collect I already have a bunch of. Some of my wintersown plants are still trying to produce their first bloom. I think they're going to run out of time.
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Name: Teri
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Roses_R_Red
Oct 7, 2012 6:12 AM CST
I collected a few varieties of hardy hibiscus seeds. Don't know much about them yet, but I'll be researching soon. So far I have Blue Picotee Japanese Morning Glory, Red Cardinal Climber and Four O'clocks. I'm hoping to have time to walk around this week and gather more. The Echinacea that I have are so pretty, but most of them are said to be sterile so I'll just sprinkle them around in case they can germinate. Lots of different clematis seeds ready, but I don't have the time or patience for them yet.

Chelle, I wish we could share some of our downpours!
Name: Duane
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duane456
Oct 8, 2012 9:03 AM CST
here's my few--

salvia coral nymph
salvia furman's red
salvia tesquicola
salvia blue angel
salvia repens
salvia madeline
antirrhinum braun-blanquetii
cosmos
swan river daisy
nicotiana
heuchera 2
jasione
lupine 2
penstemon 3
thalictrum 2
verbascum
geum 3
epilobium
dierama
digitalis 2
dianthus 3
delphinium
crocosmia
campanula 2
agastache 3
and probably 20 more still drying





Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Oct 8, 2012 11:44 AM CST

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you are a busy bee there Duane
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Oct 8, 2012 4:45 PM CST
Wow! that is a long list of seeds that you save!
I admire your effort!
Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Oct 18, 2012 9:07 AM CST
I've just gathered these:

red cypress vine
lavender moon vine
morning glory tree - I. carnea

If anyone need some of the above, LMK
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Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Oct 19, 2012 12:25 AM CST
Karen - I still have seeds from the 2010 swap that I have not winter sown yet Rolling on the floor laughing

I have collected guem, agrostemma, garlic chives, tithonia, clarkia, lots, and lots of papaver seeds (reds and purples), Dianthus Sooty, few blackberry lily, digitalis, cerinthe purpurea, orange cosmos, orlaya grandiflora, salvia sclarea, and another half dozen others. I have seed heads of the black scabosia, pods of long beans, and various assorted stuff drying all over my back porch and yard.

I am so ready for this year's swap. Hurray!
Name: Linda
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mom2goldens
Oct 31, 2012 6:51 PM CST

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Dianne--you have quite an ambitious list this year! I am in awe, as I have not saved a single seed this year Crying Life just got in the way this season. Hope you have a very successful swap!
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Oct 31, 2012 7:51 PM CST
Everyone is welcomed to come join the swap. Here is a link that Patti posted on this forum and I am pasting it here.

The thread "2012 Hog Wild Swap @ Cubits" in Seeds forum

No minimum number of seeds required - just the chance to have fun and get more addicted to seed collecting.
Name: Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Nov 12, 2012 2:35 PM CST
I noticed some discussion in this thread about packages in which to store seeds.
Just thought I'd mention that glassine envelopes are a terrific way to save seeds - the best I've found so far. They are sealed up tight by simply folding the end over twice and adding a little piece of tape. As the paper has a slick feel to it, the tape can be removed easily to open and reseal the envelope. You can write the plant name on the package with an indelible Sharpie, which works great.
The people who organize and distribute the vast amounts of seed that are donated to various clubs in annual seed exchanges seem to appreciate getting seed in these envelopes, as they are easy to handle and avoid the drawbacks of paper and plastic envelopes. I find that paper envelopes, whether bought or homemade, always seem to let fine seed leak out the seams and corners... unless they are painstakingly taped up (I don't have that much patience!) Plastic envelopes, e.g. the little ziplock ones, are static-y, which can also be a problem with fine seed and fine chaff, which sticks to the inside of the envelope.

I've used the glassine envelopes for some time now, so I'm not up-to-date on what other options might cost. The glassine envelopes seem pretty cheap - I get them for 3.5 cents each ($35.00 US/1000) which lasts me a few seasons of seed collecting, or $3.70 US/100.

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Anyway, just a thought in case it's helpful for any other seed collectors. Smiling
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Nov 12, 2012 3:08 PM CST
Thanks, Lori. Thumbs up

Do you get yours locally, or do you just order them online and pay the shipping charges?
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Nov 12, 2012 6:24 PM CST

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I mostly use the cheap little ziplock baggies, which I find adequate for most seeds. But I do prefer the glassine envelopes for tiny little seeds, like begonia or digitalis, which do stick in plastic bags from static, as Lori mentioned.

Karen

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