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Robin Sweetser from Almanac says, "Saving seeds can simply help us grow better plants. If you have grown a flower with desirable traits, you'll want to plant that flower again!" As I have learned more about heirloom seeds, I have a better understanding of why you might want to save seeds, after all they are pretty cheap to buy each year. However, if you have success with a plant and like certain traits such as hardiness, beauty, color and size, it makes sense to collect those seeds and give it a try. It is also fun to share or trade your seeds with other plant loving friends and family.


If you are just starting out as a seed collector, you may want to try a few of the easier annuals to collect, save, and replant.

  • SUNFLOWERS-One of my favorites. They have large seeds that are easy to loosen and save. When they are beginning to loosen from the head, cut off the head, rub seeds with your hand, blow off the chaff, and allow to dry on paper towel or paper plates.

  • ZINNIAS-Another favorite (I guess I love them all). Wait for zinnias to turn brown and feel dry to the touch. Carefully cut the seed head off and gently shake and tap seed head, so seeds fall on paper. Let dry if at all moist feeling.

  • BLACK-EYED SUSAN- After bloom period, wait until you see seeds in cone loosening up. Loosen onto paper and let dry before storing.

  • POPPY- After poppies bloom in spring, clip the dry pods, and place them in a bag. Store in a cool, dry place over summer. In the fall shake seeds out of the pod on prepared soil.


  • Gather seeds on a sunny day.

  • Separate from other debris.

  • Place in seed packs and store in an airtight container in the fridge.


I have designed this foldable seed packet with you in mind. By subscribing to my website, you will be given a password to be able to download this and all other resources from my resource library which also includes infographics for gardening with children and other educational printables.

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