Propagating Zinnias - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Kathleen
Falmouth, MA
Question by kgarland
September 11, 1999
I planted Burpee Zinnia seeds and the flowers look fantastic. Is there anyway to get seeds from these flowers and plant them next year.

Thank You for your

Answer from NGA
September 11, 1999


Seed saving from hybrids is not always successful, but you can try. In all likelihood the resulting progeny will not be the same as the parents and there is even a chance the seed will not be viable. To try, allow a flower to fade until it is fairly dry, then pick it and continue to dry it indoors until you can pull the petals apart easily. When completely dry, store these in a cool dry place (inside a tightly closed jar in the fridge works well) until planting time next spring. Have fun with your experiment!

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