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In our area, now is the time of year to start gathering seed for next year. Some plants are easier than others to gather seed and grow true-to-the-parent-plants. It is not recommended to grow from hybrid varieties of plants because of the low success rates. However, I once saved hybrid petunia seed and although the color was not the same as the parent plant, it was still strikingly unusual and pretty. Allow flowers to die and snip off of the plant. Carefully open dried flowers to reveal seed. Place in a sealed jar with a paper towel, or in a zip-lock bag and label.

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Here are some easy ones to try that have always been successful for me.

Annuals: Petunia, zinnia, marigold, sunflowers, and impatiens.

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Perennials: Yarrow, hollyhock, asters, and coreopsis. 

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Vegetables: Beans, peppers, onion, zucchini, and lettuce.

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Fruit: Tomato, cantaloupe, watermelon, and honey dew.

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I’m going to try and save sweet alyssum this year also. How about you? 

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6 responses

  1. Is the grain the same as the seed? I’m drying amaranth now. But, I had planned to add it to a rice dish or my oatmeal. – Kaye

  2. lucindalines says:

    I have had success with peppers in the past, but not much with the rainbow bell peppers in the last two years, must have been hybrids.

  3. P&B says:

    I’ve been saving vegetable seeds. I save a lot of money this way since I use the seedlings as baby greens in my salad. I don’t save Sweet Alyssum since it will self-sow.