Hi there, can I give you a little tip today? If the weather where you are, is anything like here, you’d better get out there and harvest your seeds from your flowers.
I decided today was the perfect window of time to do so. Last week we had some really hot days, but this week the weather has turned and it looks like the long dry spell is over. So this was the perfect day to do a little round in my garden (and the neighborhood) and gather up some seedpods and collect the seeds. Everything is nice and dry now, so it is the perfect time.
I love collecting seeds. I have tons of them and I like to keep them organized. I had quite a collection two years ago, so much so that it inspired an organizing seeds post.
But most of those seeds have been scattered and seeded and my stash was due for a little update. So I set out to harvest some more seeds. Let me show you how I have been doing it (successfully) for years.
How to harvest seeds from flowers:
- Try to find the perfect window of time: the seeds are ready to be harvested when the pods are well and true on their way of drying out. If you shake the pod you can hear the seeds rattle around, or the little tufts of seeds are easy to get loose.
- Cut off a full branch with the pod(s) still attached. Do this carefully or you will lose most of your seeds in transit.
- If the seeds are not ready yet, but the weather is about to get wet and nasty: cut off the stems with the seed pods attached. Hang them upside down with a bag over the pods (to catch the seeds).
- Lay down a piece of paper and shake the pods empty. Or remove the seed tufts carefully Sometimes you have to help a bit to get the seeds loose. Don’t mix your seeds! Keep them separate and put a little marker on the paper.
- Carefully remove all the larger bits of plant material. Give the little bugs a chance to make their getaway.
- Very carefully blow over the seeds to remove other loose parts.
- Leave them out to dry for a few days.
- Put the seeds in a little bag, envelope or box.
- Label them!
- Store your seeds in a cool, dark and dry spot.
- Wait for Spring.
I am harvesting seeds from my flower garden! It must be Fall.
And now that the weather has turned, I feel I am ready for the new season. Let’s bring it on! Lets get the boots out, and put hot chocolate back on the menu.
So how about you done any harvesting lately?