Top 10 Plants for Harvesting Seeds

Stick to your plant budget by harvesting seeds from these 10 flowers.

Maybe you want to share a favorite plant with friends and family. Or perhaps you just want more bang for your gardening buck. Whatever the reason, harvesting and planting your own flower seeds takes little effort—and as these beauties burst into bloom, you’ll appreciate them more than ever.

We asked our friends at Seed Savers Exchange to help us gather a list of the 10 best flowering plants for harvesting seeds. These are specific cultivars, but you can apply the seed-collecting techniques to similar plants. If you’re not familiar with the nonprofit exchange, check out its website, seedsavers.org, which has a wealth of information on seed preservation, storage and planting. Use these tips to start saving—seeds and dollars!

Love-in-a-mist ‘Oxford Blue’

(Nigella damascena ‘Oxford Blue’, annual)

If you’re new to seed collecting, this plant is one of the easiest to try. It’s fairly easy to grow, too, if you’ve got a spot with full sun and average soil.

Seed saving: When the blossoms fade, a striking seed pod forms. Once it turns brown, simply cut it off and allow it to dry completely. Then crack it open and remove the seeds.

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