Collecting Seeds From Flowers

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Collecting seeds from flowers is an easy way to continue plant growth at home. Collect seeds from flowers with tips from a gardener and nursery owner in this free video on flowers.

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Hi. My name's Jessica Smith. I'm with Bland's Nursery in West Jordan, Utah. Today we're talking about collecting seed from your own flowers in your yard. Collecting seeds from your own yard can be easy, but it has to be done at the right time. Too early and the seed won't grow. Too late and the plant might have already dropped it on its own, self sowing. The way to tell that it's okay to harvest the seed is when it actually dries out. The plant actually has to go through its entire growing process from flowering to setting the seed head and then from the seed head ripening. And this can happen almost overnight sometimes. So check on plants daily when it's time to harvest something. Also if you're trying to get a seed off of hybrid plants, the seed actually will not work for you, off of hybrid plants, the seed won't be viable, won't actually sprout or it doesn't even produce seed. So but some easy ones to go with are marigolds and snap dragons and petunias, your daisy flowers. Right here I've got different stages of a flower for you. At flower form or green form you do not want to harvest the seed. It's just too green at this point. You want the seed to dry out, become, the seed head anyhow, to dry out and become dry and brittle. This way you know that the seed has dried out properly and will be able to sprout for you next year. When it comes time to harvesting your seed, you can either do it a few ways. Here on the snap dragon, you can see that the plant itself actually has little holes. Snap dragons are pretty easy to harvest the seed from because the plant is upright and doesn't fall over yet. So what you can do is either take a small, brown paper bag, or even actually tie nylon or cheese cloth on the seed head. And this can go with any type of plant, to collect the seeds. And then you would just shake them out off of the plant into the paper sack. And here's what you get. Plenty of seed for your garden next year.


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