Collecting Seeds from Zinnia Flowers
Posted August 1, 2011on:
Do you love to collect zinnias flowers seeds them in your garden? If yes then you will find my post interesting because I have come up with tips regarding collection of zinnia flowers seeds. Actually I love zinnia flowers and I have gathered a number of tips related to these beautiful flowers. Today I will share with you some tips to collect seeds from zinnia flowers:
- First and foremost tip about collecting zinnia flower seeds is that you should not save seeds from hybrid varieties of zinnia flowers because these seeds are not right to be collected and stored.
- Let the flowers flourish and fade naturally. This is a feature of zinnia flowers’ petals that they do not fall until seeds are ripe so let zinnia flowers remain with stem even when you see them becoming faded.
- Stems of zinnia flowers need one to two weeks to dry after blooming. When petals of zinnia flowers become entirely dry, cut the stems and place flowers in a container. Now separate petals from flower heads by pulling them one at a time. You will see the seeds residing at the base of each petal. Mature and ready seeds will be either of green or brown color.
- Next step is to holding a petal keeping it within the container. To get the seeds, all you need to do is to rub the petal base between your thumb and a finger. Drop all seeds in container and repeat this process with each petal.
- Keep the seeds in separate jars according to their different varieties. Don’t forget to label these jars with the description of year in which they were harvested. After placing seeds inside jar, seal it.
- Remember to store zinnia flower seeds in cool and dry place. Do not store zinnia flower seeds at a place where there is threat of pests, mice and other insects because pests like to eat seeds.
This was a simple method to collect seeds from zinnia flowers. Follow this method and get ready to grow zinnias the following spring with your saved seeds.