The late fall - is a high time to stock up with the seeds for future season. At this particular time the majority of flower cultures finish the life cycle. And seeds are posterity which plants leave behind.
Why to collect the seeds?
Collected seeds from the favourite flowers will please with excellent viability, good health and will be adapted to local conditions. The lack of monetary expenses will be bonus also. Undoubtedly, there are also small negative nuances. In most cases is lack of chistosortnost of seeds. And flower hybrids can behave is unpredictable, and even, not to tie seeds.
When to collect flower seeds?
The majority of flowers form seeds at the end of summer season or in early autumn. Time of their collecting depends on maturing of seed baskets, boxes. Mature seed fruits lose green coloring and get golden color, grow brown, dry up. At such seeds always high viability.
But there are flowers which owing to late blossoming and also in northern regions because of the onset of cold weather, do not manage to give mature seeds on root and they should be cut off ""semi-finished products"" and to dozarivat. Asters, gillyflower, lion's pharynx, marigold, dahlias, gelikhrizum, petunia, forget-me-not concern them.
Distinctive features of preparation of flower seeds
Collect flowers seeds, as well as other seeds, in dry weather. The tied fruits cut off, tear off. If seeds have not ripened, then further dozarivat entirely plants.
At aster, the ageratuma, marigold during wet weather in dense flower baskets can stand water, and collected seeds can grow mouldy.
The flowers inclined to cracking and scattering of seed boxes take on special control and preparation of material carry out more often and selectively. These are petunias, viols, hand bells, sweet pea, lupines, eshsholtion.
There are also such flowers which seeds have short meetings, for example, of aster. Many flowers at full maturing drop the seeds on the earth and the next year resume blossoming in this territory, becoming flower weeds. Calendula, kosmeya, the nasturtium, carnation Turkish, daisy, reservoir, delphinium, nivyanik, primrose, cornflower have such feature. This nuance should be taken in attention too.
Preparation of seeds for storage
The prepared seeds, fruits or the whole plants spread thin layer on paper and dry in the dry, warm and ventilated room. Some of flowers in the course of drying scatter seeds (viols, tacks, lupines, klarkiya). Such seeds cover in addition still from above with paper, otherwise they will be scattered on all room and they will be difficult to be collected.
After predrying the fruits thresh and clean. Then pour in paper bags which should be signed, having specified the name and year of collecting seeds.
Store flowers seeds in paper bags, boxes in usual room conditions at moderate temperature and without moisture access. It is not necessary to stock up with seeds for long time. Many of them (ageratum, arktotis, aster, verbena, reservoir, gatsaniye, gelikhrizum, godetion, space, nivyanik, primrose, tsiniya, phloxes) keep high viability 1... 2 years. At surplus of planting stock it is possible to present or share it with good friends and neighbors, and the next year to prepare fresh seeds again.