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How To Harvest Purple Coneflower Seed

Posted by moonwolf Z6 Central PA (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 13, 10 at 16:04

Hi everyone,

I'm new to this forum but not to seed saving. I've done cosmos and morning glories in the past. This year, my neighbor gave me seeds off of her marigolds and her orange African daisy.

Today, I'm harvesting the seeds off of mom's purple coneflowers. I took a picture of just what came off about four flowers. I have more setting outside at the moment.
Here's a picture:

Should I throw the straw colored parts out? I don't think they're part of the seeds? I'm planning to give these away to friends, family and possibly some trades/surprise gifts.

Brad AKA Moonwolf

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RE: How To Harvest Purple Coneflower Seed

  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Mon, Sep 13, 10 at 16:43

No, the straw colored things are the seeds. The dark spiky stuff is what holds the seeds on the head. The link below has a close up shot of the seeds.

Here is a link that might be useful: Echinacea Seeds

RE: How To Harvest Purple Coneflower Seed

Yes, I think the seeds look like little space shuttles. Be careful not to stick yourself on the spiny parts. Can give you a little skin irritation...

RE: How To Harvest Purple Coneflower Seed

Glad I looked at this post, I realize now that I probably saved very little seed... I kept the black spiky parts, and threw away the true seed! ugh... Ah well, live and learn :) I will try again this season :)

RE: How To Harvest Purple Coneflower Seed

I'm finding I have to pop them loose from the seed head with my thumbnail and they are rather a pain to get. Anyone else have this issue with purple coneflower. I have about 6 or so seed heads to deseed and I don't know if I want to go gather more if they are going to be this difficult.

RE: How To Harvest Purple Coneflower Seed

Try cutting the seedheads in half with pruning shears or hold it in place with pliers while you use either an ice pick or awl to poke the seeds free. I use whatever tools help me avoid the pain & struggle.

RE: How To Harvest Purple Coneflower Seed

Thanks for the tip!!

RE: How To Harvest Purple Coneflower Seed

I cut the seed pod (center of the flower) off once petals are gone & lay out on cookie sheet to dry. Then I use small pliers and just pull the seeds off and let dry again on cookie sheet. I store the seeds in qt jar with a little DE powder. Hint: The drier the seeds, the easier they come off!! I do the same with Blackeyed susans, hollyhock, etc. Talk about wonderful gifts and it is amazing how many seeds you can actually harvest!!

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