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!

Jewels of Opar

(Talinum paniculatum, Zones 9 to 11)

The whole plant is easy on the eyes, with beautiful foliage and small pink blooms. Even the seed pods are attractive—some might even say they’re showier than the flowers. This one’s a natural as a filler for containers or borders.

Seed saving: When the flowers fade, you’ll see a ruby-orange seed pod. Once that starts to dry, cut it off and place it in a protected area to dry. Then crack it open and collect the small seeds from inside.

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