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!


(Polygonum orientale, annual)

Thomas Jefferson, a famously prolific gardener, is credited with growing the first rosy-pink blooms of this flower in America. A fast grower, it’s considered invasive in some areas, so do your homework before planting.

Seed saving: Before the start of frost, clip off the most mature pink clusters and allow them to dry in a protected area. When they’re completely dry, rub the flower clusters between your hands to separate the seeds.

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