Zinnia seeds

natalie4b(7b GA)January 7, 2007

I would love to save zinnia seeds. Last year was the very first one I have planted large kind of zinnias, and kept on deadheading them in order to have more blooms. This year I would like to collect seeds. Do I wait till the flower completely dry? Are the seeds in a very middle of it? I really am clueless, and any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you all!

~Natalie

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Nurmey(5 Omaha, NE)

Hi Natalie
Yes you have to let the flower head turn brown and dry before you harvest the seeds. The seeds are kind of flat and dark grey/blackish. To me they look like arrow heads stuck on the end of the individual flower petals. The seeds are on the whole flower head.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2007 at 11:32AM
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natalie4b(7b GA)

Brown? The neat freak in me is screaming "NO WAY!!!!" I walk around my garden with manicure scissors trimming off imperfections :-). OK, I will give it a try, since I really want the seeds.
Thank you Nurmey_5. And happy New Year!
~Natalie

    Bookmark   January 7, 2007 at 3:17PM
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maineman(z5a ME)

Natalie,

If a wet season is approaching and some of your zinnia heads aren't fully mature (not completely brown) you can cut some of them as an experiment and dry them inside. I have gotten viable seed that way from zinnia heads that weren't completely dead. I have had zinnia seeds sprout in the heads in a wet season, so desperate times call for desperate measures.

But if a threatening rainy season isn't a problem, it's best to do as nurmey suggested and let the flower head fully mature before cutting it.

MM

    Bookmark   January 8, 2007 at 9:32PM
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