Seed Sowing in the Mid Atlantic forum: FAQs on trading, postage, seed collecting and saving, etc...in the Mid Atlantic

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luvsgrtdanes
Oct 13, 2010 5:41 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
I'm sure there may be some people new to seed collecting, saving and trading.
Feel free to ask any questions and also give any advice you may have.



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Imagestormyla
Oct 14, 2010 2:11 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Ronnie, What is the easiest way to collect seeds?
luvsgrtdanes
Oct 14, 2010 6:29 AM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
The first thing of course is wait until the seed head is dried.

I take out little paper or plastic cup with small pieces of paper to write on and a pencil. I gather the seed and put it in the cup and write the name of the seed on the paper and put it in the cup with the seeds. You can also just write on the cups if you want. I use the paper label so I can recycle the cups for other seeds.
I leave them in the cups a few days to makes sure they are completely dry and bug free. If you do happen to find any type of creepy crawlies you can just pop them in the freezer for a day or 2. The exceptions would be tropical seeds and some tender annuals.

Once they are dry you can store them in small plastic bags or paper coin envelopes labeled with the name and date collected if you wish.

Some seeds are easier that others. Morning Glory seeds are easy, they are large, the seed heads are easy to find and open. Others, like annual asters are a bit difficult. They are small seeds full of chaff and hard to see. Coneflowers are a bit tricky, they are sharp Smiling

It gets easier once you get your own system. This works for me. Someone else may use a different way.
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Imagestormyla
Oct 14, 2010 7:03 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks Ronnie. That was a very good description. I've also seen other people recommend collecting them in baggies. I've mostly used baggies for the small seeds that drop off easily.

Others, I've just collected the whole seed heads and brought them inside to remove the seeds.
luvsgrtdanes
Oct 14, 2010 2:06 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
I don't like putting them in the baggies right away. I've had some that I thought were dry and they went moldy. That's why I suggest to wait a few days. Sometimes I use paper plates and write the names on them. They can be recycled and used over just by crossing out the names.
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Imagestormyla
Oct 14, 2010 2:16 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I thought that might have been the problem.
Imagestormyla
Oct 14, 2010 10:39 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
A gal in another cubit posted this great link for winter sowing. it has a good bit of information plus a number of more great links at the bottom. It is from wintersown.org.

http://wintersown.org/wseo1/Saving_Seeds.html
luvsgrtdanes
Oct 15, 2010 6:38 AM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Great link Stormy. I remember getting free seeds from there when I first started many years ago.
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Imageaspenhill
Oct 15, 2010 4:30 PM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA
Great idea for a thread Ronnie. I am new to seed collecting and only two seasons in for seed starting. The only collecting I've done this fall is the baptisia 'purple smoke'. I gathered all the seed pods and they are sitting in a glass bowl on my kitchen counter. I'll pop the seeds out one night while sitting in front of the TV. When the engineer came out to do additional drawings for the conservatory, he gave me a real funny look when he saw those pods on the counter - he either thought they were something foreign I was cooking up for dinner or some kind of exotic hallucinogen Rolling on the floor laughing He had just gotten back from a Rush concert, so I think he was hoping for the latter Hilarious!

I have some seeds that I purchased for 2009 and 2010 seasons that I never did get planted - do you think they are still viable? In general, how long will seeds keep?
“Surely as cometh the Winter, I know there are spring violets under the snow.” (Robert H. Newell)

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luvsgrtdanes
Oct 15, 2010 5:10 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Terri most seeds if stored in a cool dry are can be kept for years. Germination just gets less as the years go by. Some exceptions I know of that should be sewn as soon as possible are Delphinium, passion flower. Calendula and Marigold the fresher the better. I'm sure there are others. I'll try to get a list together. What seeds did you purchase?
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Imageaspenhill
Oct 15, 2010 6:54 PM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA
Larkspur, Dianthus, Morning Glory (not Japanese - didn't even know about these until recently), zinnia, cup and saucer vine, purple bell vine, snail vine, moon flower
“Surely as cometh the Winter, I know there are spring violets under the snow.” (Robert H. Newell)

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luvsgrtdanes
Oct 15, 2010 7:01 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Dianthus, Morning Glory ,zinnia and moon flower will last forever Hilarious! The larkspur a while but not as long, but yours should still germinate. The cup and saucer vine the fresher the better. I always try anyway if it's something I really want Thumbs up Snail Vine should last a long time too.
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

luvsgrtdanes
Oct 16, 2010 5:44 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Here are a few links if anyone wants to get crafty and make their own seed packets. If you are feeling creative and want to save a few bucks...here ya go Big Grin

http://theseedsite.co.uk/envelope.html
http://tipnut.com/seed-packets/
http://www.angelfire.com/art2/flowox43055/template/seedtempl...
http://www.alenkasprintables.com/seed_packets.shtml

It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Imagestormyla
Oct 16, 2010 7:48 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Those are great Ronnie! Thank you!

GO PHILLIES!
Imagestormyla
Oct 18, 2010 4:03 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Ronnie, I managed to collect a whopping 7 seeds from the Cardinal Climber Vine today.
luvsgrtdanes
Oct 18, 2010 6:18 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Hurray! That's seven more than me Whistling
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Imagestormyla
Oct 18, 2010 10:48 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
It would have been 10 but there was an oops. *Blush*
Imagestormyla
Oct 22, 2010 1:52 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I cut some bloom stems of Ligularia "The Rocket" down, but am not sure whether they have seeds in them. Does anyone have experience with these?
luvsgrtdanes
Oct 22, 2010 2:23 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
I dont have experience Storm but according to Plant Files, it doesn't set seed or is sterile:sad:
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/51577/
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Imagestormyla
Oct 22, 2010 2:43 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks for looking Ronnie. PF isn't always right Ronnie. I'll play around with them and see what if anything comes out.

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