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#121985 Sep 1st, 2007 at 08:07 AM
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Okay, I may KNOW about a lot of plants and flowers but I've never been a huge seed saver. Cosmos are my fav, but usually I'd just buy more each year(seeds).

This year I grew some awesome double cosmos and I want to be able to save the seeds. How do I collect seeds from them?

Is there a seed pod on the plant? Or are the seeds in the head of the flower? Really don't laugh at me because I don't know.... lol I really don't. All I know is I want to save seeds from them so bad.

Any directions would be appreciated. I've never seen a prettier flower than the double cosmos....I just love them.

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[quote]Zinnias, cosmos, bachelor's buttons and any flower forming a visible seed head: These flowers make seed saving easy and fun. Beautiful flowers begin to fade after pollination. Many gardeners "dead head" or snap off the flower head to encourage the plant to continue blooming. To save seeds, do not dead head your flowers but allow them to go to seed.

Once the petals and the flower heads have dried on the stalk, harvest them in a paper bag. The seeds can be removed by rubbing gently the seed heads between the fingers or hands. The excess plant material can be winnowed, screened or manually separated, leaving only the seeds. [quote]




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Wrennie #122052 Sep 1st, 2007 at 09:59 AM
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kissie I'm intent on saving these double cosmos one way or another. lol Thanks Wrennie.

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wow! loz i thought you did collect seeds shock

i dont have the double but i have other cosmos n they all look the same seed wise,
when the flower dies, it will get all brown [like a woody look] n theres your seeds, heres a pic realy its a seedpack pic,
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loz hope y dont mind i took pics to show y the seeds, cuse my brightlight cosmos seeds always open up like this
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and my sensation n seashells tend to stay kinda clumped uplike this
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either way when their brown n woody lookin there ready to be harvested
good luck with your double cosmos! flwr


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Good luck Laura! I've always had good luck with my own saved cosmos seeds. I still have the dbl seeds that you sent me earlier this year, thank god i didnt sow them in the fall at the old place


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When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. Mary Ann LaPensee
kennyso #128796 Sep 13th, 2007 at 04:13 PM
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lol I do save some seeds....just never Cosmos and I would've hated to save stuff that wasn't even the seed. lol

I must admit though I'm not a HUGE seed saver....I either get them from the store or from trades! thumbup


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