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,, which has a wealth of information on seed preservation, storage and planting. Use these tips to start saving—seeds and dollars!

Gift zinnia

(Zinnia elegans, annual)

You might see an occasional orange bloom in the midst of the usual bright-red flowers of this cheerful zinnia. To prolong the bloom time, remove the spent blossoms frequently.

Seed saving: Zinnias will cross-pollinate, so if you want to save pure seed, limit your garden to one variety at a time. Seeds are ready to harvest when the blooms turn brown and dry. Look for the seeds in the center of the flower head.

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