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Saving Seeds

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Trish09-Oct-05 04:05 AM EST 8b   
Patricia11-Oct-05 07:10 PM EST 5   
Rona12-Oct-05 08:51 AM EST 4   
Michelle.L.13-Oct-05 01:26 AM EST 5b   
Trish13-Oct-05 10:45 AM EST 8b   
Patricia15-Oct-05 06:32 AM EST 5   

Subject: Saving Seeds
From: Trish
Zone: 8b
Date: 09-Oct-05 04:05 AM EST

I am saving seeds from California Poppy, Lupin, Sunflower, Lavatera and Cosmos.

Can any of these be sewn now? For those that have to wait until Spring, what is the best way to store them.

Subject: RE: Saving Seeds
From: Patricia (
Zone: 5
Date: 11-Oct-05 07:10 PM EST

The California Poppy seed can be sown now, it will come up on its own next spring. The plant will do this on its own - I have not sown Calif. Poppies in years, they just re-sow themselves. For the others, I would wait until spring - each requires different growing conditions: look them up on Google or on the Stokes Seeds website. Good luck!

Subject: RE: Saving Seeds
From: Rona
Zone: 4
Date: 12-Oct-05 08:51 AM EST

I just let my cosmos re-sow themselves. If I want them to grow in a different part of the garden I toss the seeds now and they seem to come up. I have tried saving them until the spring and this works too but it is easier to just toss the seeds now while I am cleaning up. As for the Lupins they need cold temp. to germinate so sowing them now is a good idea or in late winter.

Subject: RE: Saving Seeds
From: Michelle.L.
Zone: 5b
Date: 13-Oct-05 01:26 AM EST

Not sure about the others but my poppies and cosmos reseed themselves every year

Subject: RE: Saving Seeds
From: Trish
Zone: 8b
Date: 13-Oct-05 10:45 AM EST

Thanks everyone. I'm trying to get a roadside bank covered - right now it is just grass, weeds and bare soil.

The Poppies, Cosmos and Lupins are all in the garden, so my plan is to collect the seeds and scatter them along the bank. Once established there, I'll let them do their own thins.

Subject: RE: Saving Seeds
From: Patricia (
Zone: 5
Date: 15-Oct-05 06:32 AM EST

Here in the Ottawa area, I sow lupins this way: start late January - early February. Get those "pop-up" Jiffy 7 peat pellets - hydrate them with lukewarm water. You need to rough up the tough outer shell of the lupin seeds - I usually hold each seed between my fingernails and rub them on an emery board - sounds tedious, but it's a good Sunday afternoon job in mid-winter. You can even do it while watching an old movie on TV! Sow 2 or 3 seeds in each peat pellet, just so that it's completely covered - don't bury them. The tiny plants will pop up within a few days if the seed shell has been roughed up! Keep them moist but not wet, about 3 to 4 inches below fluorescent lights. Voila! Also, one thing is you should not discard the small seedlings - they are probably a "choice" colour! If you keep only the biggest seedlings, chances are all your lupins will be the same colour.

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