New at this, but need some help

momofsteelex3(7)June 16, 2013

Hi, I'm Bre, new around here, and to seed saving. I have a few questions, and this seems to be the "it" place. I have some African Daisies, and some Osteospermum's that I would love to save seeds from. So, when I dead-head them, do I just save the heads? And if so, then what? Or do I need to collect them while the blooms are still beautiful? I really have no clue, but I love these flowers, but can't stomach the thought of paying for them again next year if I could collect the seeds somehow.

Thanks for any and all help!
Bre

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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

To save seeds that will successfully germinate, you need to leave the blossoms on the plant until they turn brown and dry. The osteospermums should have seeds hanging on to the center of the "daisy" part of the plant. You want to leave them on the plant as long as possible to let them mature. In my region I don't know if our season is long enough to harvest ripe osteospermums seeds. I've not grown or collected those specifically, because they do need to be started so early indoors for me to get to enjoy the blooms, given my shorter growing season.

Martha

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