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Collecting Seeds from Blackeyed Susans

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by frustratedattimes on September 04, 2004 10:14 PM
I would like to collect the seeds from my Blackeyed Susans. Do I just cut the flower heads off the plant after the petals fall off, and keep them dry in a paper bag?????? Or, is there a different way???? [dunno] [perplexed]

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by BFVISION on September 07, 2004 01:23 AM
These are by far my favorite plants, all colors. The key word is dry-out [teacher] . They do contain a fair amount of moisture even after they appear dead, but not drying out properly will result in mold throughout your cache [shocked] . I use the silicone packets from packing shipments along with good old fashioned sunshine [Smile] . When ready, the seeds will simply crumble right off the plant heads. I try to do half of my plants and leave the rest for the birds winter. Lots of luck

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by njoynit on September 10, 2004 06:16 AM
Hurts the skin of fingers to remove seeds from BES.I do them in zippie bag but most time.I plant the whole seed head.makes a nice "plant" is fuller& looks like a older plant.

I sow them in fall right on ground.or move dormant plants from road side back here in woods.

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by Carly on September 15, 2004 08:02 AM
Ahhhhh! YOu might be frustrated at times, but I'm sure glad you're here cause you just told me what I want to know.

I want some of those too - and I thought about just poking the heads right into the soil. That's what I'll do. And I'll try drying some seeds too.

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