How to Collect Gazania Seeds

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Gazania in bloom
Gazania in bloom (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Known as the African Daisy or Treasure Flower, Gazania (Gazania ringens) are members of the aster family that are native to South Africa. With cheery daisy-like blooms that close up in dim light, gazania range in colors from bright yellow, orange and red, to pink and white. These sun-loving flowers grow between 6 and 12 inches tall, and are perfect for front borders and rock gardens. Gazania are tender annuals in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 1 though 8, but can be perennial in zones 9 and above. Gardeners who wish to propagate gazania can do so by following easy steps for collecting seed.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Bowl
  • Paper bag
  • Envelope
  • Pen

Collecting Gazania Seeds

Wait until petals have fallen from your gazania flower heads, letting them mature until they are brown.

Snip off spent flower heads using pruning shears.
Snip off spent flower heads using pruning shears. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Snip off the spent heads using pruning shears and place them in an open paper bag to dry out for another week or two.

Paper bags are ideal for drying out seed heads.
Paper bags are ideal for drying out seed heads. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Remove the fluffy seed heads from the bag and break open the pods over your bowl. The fuzzy, cone shaped seeds then can be collected for spring sowing.

This simple envelope is the perfect place to store seeds.
This simple envelope is the perfect place to store seeds. (Image: Zedcor Wholly Owned/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Store seeds in a labeled envelope placed in a dry, cool room until spring planting season arrives.

Seeds collected in fall  result in a  beautiful spring.
Seeds collected in fall result in a beautiful spring. (Image: Dynamic Graphics Group/Dynamic Graphics Group/Getty Images)

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