Tips for collecting seeds:
- You will know the seeds are ready to harvest if they are brown and look dried out. Pods may be split open and seeds will come out easily.
- Collect the seeds/pods from each plant in a separate baggie or plastic bowl.
- Bring some paper and a pen with you so you can label the seeds as you collect them.
- Bring them inside, break apart the seed pod and let the seeds/pod dry out for a few days. (I like to lay them out on a paper towel or paper plate.) Just make sure you remove them from plastic or they might mold. (you can do this in the garage, the cold won't harm them)
- Once they are completely dried out, remove the remaining seeds from the pod and store them. You can store them in plastic baggies or paper envelopes.
- You can collect seeds as long as the weather cooperates (even in the snow!).
- Moss rose
- Morning Glory
- Balloon flower
- Black Eyed Susan
- Lambs Ear
- Butterfly weed
In this picture (though not very clear) you can see the seed pods of the Marigold plant. The pods that are ready to harvest are brown.
This is a picture of marigold seeds that I extracted from a seed pod.
And here is a picture of seed pods on a hardy hibiscus, you can see the seeds in the pods if you look closely.
I don't know about you, but I will be busy over the next several weeks collecting seeds from my garden. Happy collecting!