Harvesting Zinnia Seeds

Zinnias are one of the easiest flowers to grow from seed. They take very little attention and they are beautiful as cut flowers in an arrangement or just showing off in your flower bed.

It’s August and I’m in Texas which means it feels like a hot steamy oven. Most of my flowers quit blooming, or atleast have slowed down a lot but the zinnias are still bursting with color. I cut a dozen or so today to make an arrangement and noticed several dead blooms sitting at the bottom. That’s the perfect time to harvest seeds for next year!

These are actually from seeds that someone gave me as a gift last year. Why not harvest the seeds and give them to other people as gifts.

You have to wait until the bloom is completely dry, on the plant.

Cut the heads, grab some paper bags or mason jars…

And pull the bloom apart. Some people take their time and separate the petal from the seed. I don’t have time for that, and it works both ways so I just pull the bloom (or head) apart and put it in the jar.

It takes no time at all! You can plant them next year in your garden and give some away to friends.

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