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!

Outhouse hollyhock

(Alcea rosea, Zones 3 to 8)

Back in the day, towering, colorful hollyhocks were grown to disguise outhouses—and the name stuck! The plant produces stunning single blooms in white, pink, red, magenta and burgundy.

Seed saving: When seed heads turn brown, they’re ready for harvest. But beware: Hollyhocks irritate the skin, so wear gloves, goggles and sleeves when handling any part of the plant. Once you’re protected, gently rub seed heads between your hands to free the seeds.

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