How To Gather Seeds In Fall For Flowers In the Summer Garden

In the fall, at the end of the season, letting the flowers go to seed, and gathering the seeds, means never having to buy seeds or plants again. There are many beautiful flowers that will produce large amounts of seeds, more than you would ever need. Gather the seeds of the healthiest plants and the colors you prefer.

To save the seeds, leave the flowers on the plant until the seeds are mature and dry. Gather them and spread them out to dry more thoroughly. At this point the seeds can be removed from their pods or separated from each other, as with Zinnia seeds. Seal them up in zip plastic bags and label them. Store them in a cool, dry place.


There will be plenty of seeds to create large beds with abundant flowers. Be careful not to seed too thickly, as plants need plenty of room to grow and flourish. Healthy, uncrowded plants will produce more flowers than ones that have no room to grow and that have too much competition for the moisture and nutrients in the soil.


To plant them, clear the area and prepare the soil by raking it in one direction. Scatter the seeds and then rake in the opposite direction. To tamp down the soil so that it makes good contact with the seeds, carefully walk over the top of the bed with soft, smooth soled shoe. Water in so that all of the soil is good and moist. Keep the bed moist, but not wet, till the seeds germinate and begin to grow and have a few leaves. At this point you can water less frequently. Water every three or four days, depending on the climate and weather. Let the top of the soil begin to dry out between watering. This will force the roots to go deeper for moisture and will lessen the need for watering as the plant matures. The deeper roots will also help to anchor the plant.


A few of the many flowers that are easy to grow from seed and also produce a lot of seeds are: 

Cosmos, Zinnias, Merigolds, Snapdragons, Bachelor Buttons and Sunflowers. These are all annuals that will bloom the first year. In mild climates they may reseed themselves each year.

Some flowers are biennial and can be planted from seed but will not bloom till the second year, but they reseed freely, even in colder climates, and will continuously produce new plants. Some of the biennials that are easy to grow from seed are: Hollyhocks, Foxglove and Delphiniums.

If you want to save seeds this year but you don't have any of these plants, look around, maybe one of your neighbors does. Since they all produce so many seeds, sharing isn't a problem. If you can get some seeds this fall, then in the spring you'll be ready to start your own flower - seed cycle.


If you want to save seeds this year but you don't have any of these plants, look around, maybe one of your neighbors does. Since they all produce so many seeds, sharing isn't a problem. If you can get some seeds this fall, then in the spring you'll be ready to start your own flower - seed cycle.


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