Now is time to start saving seeds...well atleast here it is time. I try to save all of the seeds I can. I save jars throughout the year, candle jars, any kind of jar. I try to go out 2 -3 times a week and gather seeds. I usually take one of the jars with me so I can put those particular seeds in the jar. This is Bee Balm...this is the first time I have collected seeds from it...so we will see how well it goes next Spring! Prairie Coneflower seeds. Last year I collected a PILE of white and purple coneflower seeds...and for 5-6 months none of them did a thing. I finally got aggravated and threw them out into the flower beds! Low and behold a few of them started to grow after that!
These are the fun ones! Any guesses as to what it is????
Its a hibiscus! Thew pods contain several little seeds. When they dry, they will open up and point toward the sky. Within a day or so, the pods with droop down and drop their seeds onto the ground. So you have to catch them before they drop. The one above is still facing up.
These 2 had already dropped, but you can see a few seeds still in them. I just take my jar, and put the pod in the jar, tap on it, and the seeds come out! This is by far my favorite to collect....zinnias! I save so many of them! I just keep a big bucket and throw the heads over in it. In a few months, after the heads are good and dry I will separate the seeds from the petal, and store them in jars! I usually have so many zinnia seeds I give them to everyone. Zinnias are extremely easy to grow from seed.....
these came from seeds I collected from plants the year before
As did these
I have several more that also came from seed.I always stick a label on the jar so I will know what is in each jar. Then I store them some where dry (I wouldn't recommend storing them outside). While I was collecting seeds I noticed my Jacobean plant in full bloom...FINALLY! Darla's has been blooming since May!
This year I am going to purchase a small greenhouse. Last year I planted to late. I planted in March, and in South Alabama that is TOO late. This year I will be planting the first of January, and housing it all in my green house. I feel certain that this was my problem last year. By the time I planted it was already hot here. So according to our local garden guru, I need to plant in January! So that's what I am going to do!
So, do ya'll save seeds? If so we should have a seed swap!
FYI....Bilbo is in Texas....but apparently his new host is having internet problems....so ya'll hang in there. Hopefully he will make his appearance this week so we can get him on to his next host!