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mawnature
Monroe, LA

October 14, 2008
2:29 PM

Post #5669966

Even though I've grown flowers for years, including Zinnias, I'm just starting to harvest Zinnia seeds, and I need a question answered.

Question: Besides the obvious seeds that pull loose attached to the ends of the dried petals (ray flowers), are there seeds in the center (disk flowers) as well? Here's a pic of each...L- Ray flower with seed, R- disk flower seeds?

Many thanks...

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dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 16, 2008
8:41 PM

Post #5679938

Maw, The whole head is seeds. I think you picked it too green. You need to leave them until all is really brown. Hope this helps. BEV
mawnature
Monroe, LA

October 26, 2008
11:33 AM

Post #5717572

Thanks, Bev...this clears up a question that I've pondered for a long time! I agree that I did pick it too soon. I have other blooms now, and I'm waiting for them to be ready to harvest. They are Zinnia Envy; wonder if the seeds are typically lighter because of the flower's color?

maw

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 26, 2008
11:47 AM

Post #5717582

I wouldn't think so because your petals still have some life in them. I would think they would be a little darker cource I am no expert here. HUGS BEV
kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

October 29, 2008
9:24 PM

Post #5730878

I agree, harvested a little too soon. Watch for the top of the stem, just below the blossom, to start browning. That's a good sign that it's time, or clost to time, to harvest. I use this rule of thumb for many similar plants.

Karen

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