How to collect seeds to grow next year

Save money by collecting dried seeds from your existing plants. You can enjoy even more of your favourite blooms next year and you choose where you want them to grow rather than letting them germinate where they fall. 

Step 1:

Collect your seeds as soon as the seedheads ripen, ideally on a dry day

Step 2:

Pick the seedheads and lay them out to dry on a greenhouse bench, warm windowsill or in an airing cupboard

Step 3:

If they don't open when dry gently crush the pods or cases to release the seeds

Step 4:

After extracting the seeds, clean off any chaff as this could rot and lead to the seed damping off

Step 5:

Place dry seeds in labeled paper packets in an airtight container

Top tip:

Add some desiccant to help remove excess moisture

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