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Drying and Storing Seeds

Collecting seeds from your garden is the first step in having seeds to use for your next planting. This is a guide about drying and storing seeds.
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February 18, 2016

I love to collect flower seeds from my own flowers to plant the next season or to share with others. I also like to collect from other places, but often found myself using napkins, or scrap paper as an impromptu container. Then it hit me! I started saving prescription bottles and added labels to them to use as collection containers! I keep a few in my car, large purse, and of course at home. Now I'm ready when I'm out and about where I can collect seeds!

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March 6, 20160 found this helpful

Thanks!

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September 6, 2016 Flag

To get the identical plant, you actually need to divide the plant. If you save the seeds, the flowers may be different than the parent plant.

Here is how to save the seeds:

  1. After the flower drops, a brown pod remains.
  2. Inside the pod is a container that the seeds are in.
  3. When you break open the container, the seeds will come out. I put mine on a paper napkin.
  4. Label and store in a cool place until you want to plant them.

In my area (NY), the best time to plant is the fall.

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September 20, 20160 found this helpful

Hi there! I just discovered this week that there were seeds in my hibiscus! I don't what and how you would divided a Hibiscus plant... there seems to be only one stem. And my pods not only housed seeds but pincher bugs too! So be careful!

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April 8, 2010

How Long Can You Store Seeds?

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A word to those who have just found a stash of seed packets from last year or seen seeds on sale at a knockdown price at the garden center and want to know whether they're likely to grow.

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March 14, 2011

Do you save your seeds? Ever year label them and put them in your freezer. It will be fresh and damp. Just thaw and you are ready to plant. They will come up sooner.

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August 12, 2011

Recycled spice jars for storing garden seeds.

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Don't throw away your empty spice jars or stock powder jars. I keep these to store seed that I have collected from my plants and flowers, The seeds stay nice and dry and easy to store and label.

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May 5, 2011

Dry Seeds

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It is true that garden seeds germinate best when they are fresh. If dried and stored properly, some vegetable and flower seeds can remain viable for several years. Here are some tips for keeping them for as long as possible.

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August 25, 2011

Egg shells make good seed saving pots. Simple make a hole in the bottom of half a shell, fill with potting soil, place you seed or seeds in the soil, and then place in an empty egg carton.

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November 23, 2011

Line dinner plates with coffee filters to dry flower and garden seeds. When the seeds are dry, discard the coffee filters and store the seeds in a container lined with coffee filters.

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January 29, 2012

Put seeds in glass jars with tight fitting lids. Store in cool, dry place. Seeds will last 2-3 years

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May 22, 2009 Flag

What is the best way to save and store seeds from garden plants, when the harvest is finished?

Hardiness Zone: 1

By JanetM from Orlando, FL

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May 22, 20090 found this helpful

Save them in a jar after they are dry, good luck.

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May 28, 20090 found this helpful

I save them in envelopes. It's easy to label and store them.

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April 10, 20100 found this helpful

You must store seeds in paper envelopes not plastic anything. It's also a good idea to freeze them for a couple of weeks and then transfer them to the very bottom of your refrigerator and keep them there till you are ready to use them.

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July 1, 2008 Flag

I want to plant some peach seeds that I recently acquired, but everyone says to plant them in the fall. So what do I do with the seeds right now?

Hardiness Zone: 8b


Nancy from Picayune, MS

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July 6, 20080 found this helpful

You can store them in the freezer in a ziplock bag, but really it is not too early to plant them, I would plant them in something like a CoolWhip container or a cottage cheese container. Put a few drainage holes in the bottom and make sure they don't dry out, and they should be sprouted and growing by fall. Then transplant them into the ground. I don't know what area you are in, but here in Arkansas, I had a peach tree that I started from a seed, and unfortunately, the weather never allowed me to reap much of a harvest. One year it was so loaded I had to prop up the branches, but we had so much rain that the peaches molded on the tree before they ripened. However, they dropped to the ground, and the next year, I had peach tree seedlings for everyone in the county! I replace the peach tree with a strawberry bed, and still find seedlings. I have 5 of them potted now for a friend to transplant when the weather cools.

Good luck with yours.

Harlean from Arkansas

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July 20, 2010 Flag

I have already cut my buds off and striped the seeds on a wild sunflower. A bird must have dropped one to get it started. It was easily 8 feet tall with a 13 inch diameter seed bud. I got a bowl full of pretty seeds, like a lot man.

How can I store my seeds till next year to plant and enjoy? I probably should've researched a little before chopping the dang thing off, but I didn't. I'm kinda excited about this, so please respond. Thanks for reading this.

Hardiness Zone: 9a

By Craig from Baton Rouge, LA

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July 20, 2010 Flag

Seeds that you didn't get around to planting this year should be fine next year if stored properly. Most seeds can be stored for 3 to 4 years. The key will be storing the seeds in a cool, dry, and dark place. Keep the temperature between 40 and 50 degrees F. It's best to store them in a moisture-proof, sealed container.

If you have any more tips about storing seeds, feel free to post them below.

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Storing Seeds

I have trouble with grain weevels this time of the year. I solve the problem by putting my seed in the freezer for 24 hours. Works like a charm. Too bad it doesn't stop it from germinating and causing weeds. Oh, well. (07/27/2006)

By Mollie2

Storing Seeds

I keep mine in a ziplock bag then in a plastic container. I also keep the packages that are empty until the end of the season to see what I liked about the seeds, maybe get that kind again, etc. Not all seed grow in each of our soils, some version of a vegie would be better than another, depending on your soil. (03/19/2010)

By TandT Grandma

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