Collecting Seeds

mary_maxJuly 21, 2012

I am collecting seeds from coreopsis plants, larkspur, fever few,blanket flowers just to name a few. My question is. I plan to keep some of the seeds for wintersowing but the rest can I simply drop them in the beds at this time. And will they sprout now or when temperatures cool down? Its in the high 90's now. Or should I wait to scatter some come fall? I threw a bunch of seeds out last night thought this was okay since they would fall anyway if I didn't collect them. But them read they wont germinate in the high temps. Can anyone help me better understand what to do. Thanks so very very much.

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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

I often "cold stratify" my seeds for several weeks before planting by putting them in the refrigerator. The thought behind this is that the seed senses the warmth once it comes out of the colder temperature, and decides it's spring. This doesn't work for all seeds, but you might want to try it with at least some of yours. If the seeds are mature, collect them, let them air dry for a few days inside, and then put them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator until things cool down.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 3:59PM
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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

Many sites, for example; Cold Stratify and Cold Stratification say to add a bit of moisture along with the seeds in the bag in the refrigerator.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 12:39PM
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