Seeds forum: Saving Seeds Summer/Fall 2015

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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Aug 29, 2015 7:54 AM CST
Since it is too smokey to work out in the yard---I am cleaning the seeds that have already been collected.
Delphinium
Aquilegia
Papaver Nudicaule
Dianthus barbatus
Meconopsis

Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Sep 11, 2015 12:43 PM CST
I've collected these -

dietes g.
cleome
Tex. star hibiscus
black eye susan
turk's cap
I. muricata
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Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Sep 11, 2015 3:28 PM CST

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Some nice selections, Caroline and Betsy. I wish I was organized enough to save seeds, but in spite of my best intentions just never seem to get around to it. But I can always try for next year, right? Smiling
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Sep 12, 2015 7:35 AM CST
Right! but sometimes you can find these treasures by just walking around the garden with a few envelopes or paper lunch bags in your hand.
Yesterday I found:
Purple cluster bell flower going to seed.
And I brought in Maltese Cross seeds,
which I had bagged the seed heads as the seeds are tiny.
Hollyhock seed heads are still green, but I am watching them as they dry.
I picked some Hosta seed pods green, because the squirrels are taking them.
I am not sure that those will be any good?
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Sep 12, 2015 5:58 PM CST

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I don't save many seeds anymore, either. Occasionally I do if there's something I really want.

Karen
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Sep 12, 2015 6:24 PM CST
So far:
Hibiscus moscheutos ssp moscheutos, Hibiscus moscheutos ssp lasiocarpos, Hibiscus moscheutos 'Luna Pink Swirl', Hibiscus laevis, Hibiscus striatus, Hibiscus aculeatus, Hibiscus martianus, Hibiscus coccineus 'Alba', Hibiscus dasycalyx,
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texasnatureonline.com


Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Sep 12, 2015 6:33 PM CST

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I do tend to let things self-seed.

Caroline--noticed you said it was too smoky? Are there wildfires in your area?
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Sep 12, 2015 11:39 PM CST
For a week back there, we were getting the smoke from fires in Montana and Idaho.
When the wind shifted, we were getting smoke from fires in B.C.
There was no gardening that week!
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Sep 30, 2015 12:16 PM CST
I collected a huge amount of Lavatera seed from some Lavatera thuringiaca said to be 'Barnsley' but it sure looks like or 'Rosea' (syn. Lavatera x clementii)

I didn't want it reseeding THAT much, and saved some of the seed rather than throw it away. It volunteers too freely in my yard, now.

Tree Mallow (Malva thuringiaca subsp. thuringiaca 'Rosea')

Tree Mallow (Malva thuringiaca subsp. thuringiaca 'Barnsley')


Name: Jane
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PAgirl63
Sep 30, 2015 3:22 PM CST
I read somewhere that you can take completely dried seedheads (the whole head) of Coneflowers and Black-eyed Susans and just plant the entire seed head in the ground and new plants will sprout from it next spring. Anyone ever hear of doing that? Confused
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Sep 30, 2015 5:34 PM CST

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I would just scatter the seeds on top of the soil. I KNOW that works.

Karen
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Sep 30, 2015 6:21 PM CST
and just plant the entire seed head


It would certainly "work", but a single seed head has so so many seeds! I don't know why anyone would want an inseparable tangled mess of 25 to 100 seedlings strangling each other and stretching for light.
Name: Duane
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duane456
Oct 2, 2015 11:38 AM CST
I've collected these---
2015 seeds---

Agastache --apache sunset ---very few seeds
Agastache --arizona sun
Agastache --firebird ---very few seeds
Agastache --foeniculum
Agastache --globetrotter ---very few seeds
Agastache --heather queen ---very few seeds
Agastache --mexicana champagne ---5 seeds
Agastache --neo mexicana
Agastache --pink pop
Agastache --tango
Agastache --urticifolia 'alba'
Aquilegia --canadensis
Aquilegia --chrysantha
Aquilegia --william guiness
Campanula --macrantha
Celosia --first flame orange
Delphinium --camelaird
Delphinium --pacific giants
Dianthus --black & white minstrels
Dianthus --pinifolius
Digitalis --purpurea mix
Digitalis --purpurea white
Digitalis --red skin
Digitalis --thapsii
Echinacea --pow wow wild berry
Epilobium --canun (Cal. fuchsia)
Gaillardia --red plume
Geum(Avens) --blazing sunset
Geum(Avens) --cooky
Ligularia --dentata desdemona
Lupine --morello
Marigold --jaguar
Nicotiana --langsdorfii
Penstemon --barbatus
Penstemon --dark towers
Penstemon --digitalis white
Penstemon --eatonii
Penstemon --grandiflorus
Penstemon --miniature bells
Penstemon --pina colada
Penstemon --rondo
Penstemon --tenuis
Salpiglossis
Salvia --bright eyes
Salvia --hot trumpets
Salvia --lady in red
Salvia --madeline
Salvia --sangria
Salvia --summer jewel red
Salvia --tesquicola
Salvia --twilight serenade
Swan river daisy
Tellima --grandiflora
Thalictrum --aquilegifolium
Thalictrum --black stockings --very few seeds
Zinnia (mix)
Name: Duane
Gresham OR (Zone 8a)
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duane456
Oct 2, 2015 11:57 AM CST
I use the HOS method when planting my WS plants. The plants fight it out and the strongest survive. Been doing it for years and it works great. No need to try to separate anything.
Name: Mary
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Azgarden
Oct 2, 2015 12:30 PM CST
Nice list, Duane!
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Oct 2, 2015 12:44 PM CST
Yes, a good list of seeds for next season.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Oct 2, 2015 2:51 PM CST

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Duane, you make me feel like such a slouch.

Karen
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Oct 2, 2015 4:48 PM CST

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Very nice selection, Duane. I only collected agastache seeds once--they are so tiny!
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Oct 2, 2015 7:05 PM CST
That's really impressive, Duane!

How do you collect seeds from salvia? I found very few seeds, and had to work hard for each one, basically dissecting the bloom to get one seed.

I got a whole handful of delphinium seeds by just tipping over the bloom stalks and pouring the clean seeds into a box.

Name: Duane
Gresham OR (Zone 8a)
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duane456
Oct 2, 2015 8:14 PM CST
Certain salvia produce many seeds like the ones I listed above. Just squeeze the pod and they pop out. Others only produce few seeds and you have to be diligent about looking for them. I look inside the pod to see if I see a black seed inside. Like I said --squeeze the pod and they usually pop out. Yvonne's salvia, guanajuato, blue angel, rose queen,greggii, are ones I have that you have to be looking for often . I've even found seeds from hot lips and black and blue but the offspring didn't turn out very good.

Now agastache seeds are another matter. They are very hard to collect for me and like mentioned above they are tiny. For those, I tap the flower part into a plate or similar thing. You only get a few seeds, so you have to keep doing that every few days.

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