Thursday, April 3, 2014

Learn How to 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.


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