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!

Old-fashioned vining petunia

(Petunia multiflora, perennial in Zones 9 to 11)

With multiple flower colors on one plant, this is an irresistible petunia. A garden classic, it’s wonderful in both hanging baskets and borders.

Seed saving: An easy one for seed savers. When the flowers go, a seed pod forms, turning from green to brown. Once it’s brown, cut it off and allow it to dry completely. Then crack it open and remove the seeds. Be ready: There will be hundreds of them!

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