Advice for a newbie seed saver? :)
Hi All! I just discovered this forum today.
I'm a long time gardener and have this year become very interested in plant propagation and seed saving. I want to try winter sowing. :) I've bought a few (five packets or so) from Summerhill, and a few people on the Seed Exchcange have been kind enough to send me seeds.
I have started trying to collect seed from my plants. So far I've been working on Zinnias because I thought that seemed easy. I learned today reading here that I didn't have as many that were viable, thanks to advice in a post from Remy about checking for bendy-ness of the seeds. Very helpful!
Last night I noticed some seed pods bursting open on my cannas, so I collected those and I think they were just right. :)
I also poured several dozen seeds out of some dried Formosa lily stalks, and I think those were right too.
I was hoping you guys could give me some general newbie advice on identifying whether the seed is ready to collect, and how to best prepare it for trades. I have lots of cool stuff in our new garden (new house, two years here), and I'd love to be able to collect and trade the seeds!
Some things I have, if that helps:
gailliardia (oranges and lemons)
coneflower (several kinds)
Thanks for any help!