purple coneflowers - Knowledgebase Question

Orchard Park, Ne
Question by maureenemerl
September 24, 2009
Can I plant the seed s from the spent flower heads? Should I bring them in the house til next spring? Any special way to store them?

Answer from NGA
September 24, 2009


You can harvest the seeds of coneflowers and sprinkle them immediately into the garden so they can sprout next spring, or save them for sowing outdoors next spring. To harvest and store, cut the seedheads off the plants and place them in a paper envelope to dry. After a week or 10 days, shake the seedheads or brush your fingers against the heads to release the seeds. Store the envelopes in a plastic baggie or lidded glass jar in a cool, dark place. Heat, light and humidity are all enemies of stored seeds. I just place the sealed baggies or jars on the floor of my linen closet and make a note on my calendar to plant them in April. Good luck with your seed saving adventure!

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