Saving Seeds - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Cheryl Wright
Chicago, IL
Question by mrsckhw
September 4, 1998
How do you save seeds from both annuals and perennials?


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Answer from NGA
September 4, 1998

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Saving seeds is fairly easy. Wait until the flowers form seedheads. Just as the seedheads begin to turn from green to tan, cut the heads off and allow to thoroughly dry. If you cut the seedheads when they're still green, the seeds inside may not be ripe and may not germinate next season. I cut the seedheads and put them into plain white envelopes, that I stack on a table indoors until the seedheads dry thoroughly. Be sure to label each envelope as you collect seeds. When the seedheads are dry I pinch them and the seeds fall into the envelope. Seal each envelope and place them all into an airtight container (a mason jar with a tight fitting lid works well). Store your seeds in a cool, dark location, like the back of a closet or shelf. In the springtime sow your seeds in freshly amended garden beds. Water well, and watch them grow!

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