This is the first Autumn that I’ve actively collected seeds for next year’s gardens. My Gardening Mother has been very encouraging and has collected a few for me as well. I’m still doing a little research on how to keep them through winter. It appears some seeds need to freeze in order to germinate. I’ll get back to you on that later….
Basically, the collection of seeds simply means that instead of dead-heading flowers in the fall, let them dry completely. Then collect the dried bloom and break open the center. I did this over a paper plate and let them get completely dry before storing in a paper envelope. They have to be dry so they won’t start growing mold. Once you’re sure they’re dry, place in a cool, dry place for the winter season.
So far, my list of seeds includes:
- Double Pink Coneflowers
- Dwarf Sunflowers
- Becky Daisies
- Gerber Daisies
- Tall Verbena
- Silky Lupine
I have faith in most of them. I know that a lot of plants will re-seed themselves. Take Cockscomb for instance…it comes up EVERYWHERE! Plus, it survives the hot & dry Oklahoma summers and still shows off. I highly recommend it if you have those conditions. Plus, it can be transplanted and does not mind at all. I have transplanted some that were 24 inches tall and they hardly seemed to mind at all. Also, the Impatiens re-seed themselves – but they are very late in coming up in the summer.
I’m not sure what will happen with the Lupine. I collected the seeds in Colorado. I absolutely love their colors and tall, gorgeous stems covered with blooms. Stand by and we’ll see if they will germinate and grow in Oklahoma.
The Cosmos & Tall Verbena seeds are from my Mom. Hers were gorgeous this past season. I can only hope that they’ll do as well for me.
And here’s what I hope will happen with the seeds I’ve collected this Fall.
Are you a seed collector? Do you have any hints for me? I’d love to hear them!
[Photography Note: New Header Shot & Seed Envelopes shot with Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 Love that lens!]