Finding The Seeds In Flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Long Beach, CA
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Question by jtyson2
March 20, 2001
I picked up a pretty daisy-like flower in a walk recently and I would like to plant its seeds. I am not sure exactly what to plant. There is a yellow center with some elements standing above the others. I suspect there are seeds in that area (but I could be wrong). Can you provide information?
Thank you!

Answer from NGA
March 20, 2001
It's not likely you'll find seeds in a fresh flower. Seeds only develop after the flower petals fade. To collect seeds, allow the flower to remain on the plant until after the petals fall and the ovary swells, then turns brown. The ovary is the part beneath the petals that's attached to the stem. After the seed pod has dried, the seeds should be mature and ready to sow. To further complicate the issue, not all flowers will develop viable seeds. And, some seeds may develop but they may be sterile. So, trial and error might be your best course of action in getting seeds from the daisy you admire.

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