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Collect seeds now

by Diane - September 17th, 2012.
Filed under: General Gardening.

It’s time to keep an eye out for plants that are setting seed. You need to collect seeds when they’re ripe and drying nicely. Picking them too early might mean you don’t get properly ripe seed. Leaving it too late means they fall on the floor.

Ripe seeds are generally darker – change from green to a browner colour, and the seed pods start to open. They also become very loose and easily fall out.
Try to wait until a dry day – but chances are you will have to check daily for particular seeds. It’s easy to shake them into an envelope (label it!) or cut off flower heads and harvest the seeds insie. Always label the seeds and make sure they’re dry! If they’re not dry they might rot!