I am not sure what parts of the deadheaded flower are seeds. Have any of you grown them?
Does anyone have a photo of gazania rigens seeds?
You must leave the flowerheads on the plant until the stem dies. Than the seeds are ripe. The are really white.
I have 2 colors of plants. I know for sure that the stems were dead on one when I got it.
Yours look VERY fluffy with an off white long seed in the middle. How big is each seed.
I have fluffy things but also separate beige long things. Some of the fluffy things have the beige parts attached at the end of the fluffy things just over 1/4" total. But they are no way as fluffy as yours.
What do you think?
Sorry I can't have a photo because my camera does not photograph small things.
They can be less fluffy than on the picture, especially when the seedpod was wet when the seed ripened. They are about 1/4" . The beige parts are leftovers of the dried flowerleaves.
The best time to harvest them is on a sunny day.In that case you'll have no or very few beige parts.
I had to get out my magnifying glass to look at them closer. Ok, if they are fluffy, they are seeds? Then I have some seeds. However, I think when I got down to the fluffy part, I threw many out! They are so tiny, how do you separate them once you have pulled the dried blossom apart? If I had know more, I could have avoided trying to separate what I have!
The best way is to harvest them just before they fall out. You will have hardly chaff. I trade and sell a lot, so I have to harvest good seeds.
I check them every (not rainy) day. Sometimes they're already are on the ground. After harvesting I put them in a paper bag for at least a week. You say they are so tiny, but for me this are real big seeds, I have a lot of seeds that are much tinier (about 1000 in a teaspoon).
If I need to seperate them I use tweezers. I use them a lot, also to get the chaff out of some seeds.
Hope this helps you.
When I got my pink plant, it had many dead blooms on it. They were all closed and not open spewing the fluffy seeds.
Talking about small seeds. I swear I have moss roses growing under my fingernails. Also I never was sure how you get petunia seeds or what they looked like. On one plant I thought I saw dropping from a bug! But sure enough, I found the little petunia pod which had dropped its seeds. Then there are celosia seeds which are small and can roll all over. Last year when I saw what I thought were bug droppings also, I tried to shake them off until I realized all the blooms had them! But all of those are pretty easy to separate. I had many tall zinnias and there was a lot of trash with them. I am sure you have even smaller seeds and ones that are very difficult to separate.
What do you put your seeds in when you sell and trade them?
I put my seeds in plastic ziplocks, label them with the botanical name and a description.
Do you get special tiny plastic bags or just the snack baggies from the grocery?
Sorry for the late answer, but I have problems with my internet connection and the company will not come to repair it until Tuesday.
I use the tiny plastic ziplocks, because the ones from the grocery are too big. After searching for over a year, I just found a supplier in the Netherlands who has 1000 ziplocks of 4x6 cm for just $ 7,50.
Jonna, no problem because I don't need them soon. Thank goodness I haven't had a problem with my computer. I don't know what I would do without it! Hope you get yours fixed soon.
Your ziplocks are about 1 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches, $7.50 for 1,000? Great price! Do you just drive over there, take the train, or get them through the mail? I certainly don't need that many so I guess I will look in the craft and bead stores.
I didn't know how all of you package your seeds. Do all of you put them in a plastic ziploc? When I gave away free seeds through Freecycle.org. and Craigslist.com I just folded up computer paper into a tidy little package and wrote the flower name on it. Then put the little packages in a larger package with each person's name on it. I gave hundreds of seed packages away. But people picked them up here. Also, I wasn't interested in buying anything. But if I want to trade on DG I will need to get ziplocs.
Thanks for the info.
Well, it's not my computer giving problems, it's the connection. I live somewhere in the middle of nowhere. It's very nice to live here, but if you have problems, one have to wait a long time. Two times I lost my computer, due to thunder and lightening. It was terrible.
Sometimes I give away free seeds, but I'm not in the financial situation I can do that with all my seeds. I really need selling my seeds. The best way (in my opinion) is to keep the seeds in plastic and in the dark on a cool place. First I let dry the seeds very well and during September/October/November (depending on when the seeds ripened) I put them in plastic bags, or - if I have a lot- in black photo containers.
There is nothing wrong in packing the seeds in paper, but if you sell seeds you must send them in the best way.
Do you live in the forest or in the valley beside the forest. It is so beautiful there!
I let my blossoms dry well, then sort the junk from the seeds, and let them dry again. I put most of my seeds in plastic amber prescription bottles, in an air-tight cookie tin, in the fridge. I am good at saving seeds but knowing how to trade or sell is another thing.
I saw you have an extensive list of seeds to trade on DG! Do you mail your seeds in the photo canisters? I imagine you change them into the ziplocs.
I would like to sell seeds in the spring even though my seeds are from vary ordinary flowers. Nothing like you have, well maybe a couple.
How successful have you been at selling your seeds? Where do you sell them? Do you just sell them locally? That is a lot of work for such a little money. But I know, every little bit helps!!!
I live in a place about 600 m above sea level. The forest is just a few 100 metres away from here.
Selling or trading is not so difficult, as long as you harvest viable seeds and store them well. I mail my seeds in ziplocks.
I have a lot of special seeds, but also the ordinary ones. Both are asked for.
I'm rather successful in selling/trading. I have sold/traded around the world: USA, Europe, South Africa, Australia,
It is a lot of work for little money, but gardening is my hobby and since I moved to Belgium, I couldn't do my work what I was used to in the Netherlands. I was a tax specialist and tax laws in Belgium are different. I decided to enjoy my live and spent less money. Just doing the things I want. Selling seeds gives me the opportunity to build my garden and to have a very small income.
The picture of (a part of ) my garden was taken last year. 3 Years before it was just a meadow.
Yes, you do have many different flowers. Is that Autumn Sedum off to the right? I have some of that. How do you save seeds from it?
You have a big house. Do you have a lot of kids?
Sorry for the late answer. I had connection problems. Yes, it is Autumn Sedum, but I never was succesful to save seeds because they are usually blooming very late here. This year they are blooming earlier, so I hope to be able to save seeds. I'll let you know when I was succesful.
Our house is indeed very big. We have 6 kids, but none of them is living here. We bought the house because we always wanted a big house. We wanted a garden and enough room to store our minerals. Our second hobby is rockhounting. We are Dutch, but we moved to Belgium because the price of houses are very low there.
We bought the house for the same price we would have to pay for an appartment in the Netherlands.
I have some of that sedum and I am wondering what the seeds look like. Mine is about ready to bloom. I will have to look into that.
Wow, what type of minerals to you hunt for? What do you do with them then?
Sorry, forgot you.
Here are some pictures of sedum seeds
We hunt for everything we like. We don't like the micromounts, because you always need a microscope.
I'm fond of gypsium, halite and calcite. We collect them, clean them, saw them sometimes to get a better piece and show them to others.