Seed Saving and Starting

Seeds can be expensive. I try to collect and save some for next years' crop. I started a few years ago and would like to know other's experiences and techniques.

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Seedling Problems 2 Replies

I grew a bunch of Indian Blanket Flower from seed and they all have 3 nice leaves on them-but they seem to have stopped growing-for this last 10 days or so. Any thoughts?Continue

Tags: Flower, Blanket

Started by Wendy Hime. Last reply by Wendy Hime Mar 28, 2012.

When to Start These Indoors? 4 Replies

Hi - I'm in NY - Zone 5 and want to grow Geranium, Lamb's Ear, Dusty Miller and Lisianthus from seed.  I'd be grateful for any advice on how soon before our last frost I should start them indoors…Continue

Started by Michele Lawrenson, Z6A. Last reply by Lori S Ullman Trent Mar 3, 2012.

Storage 7 Replies

Can you all share what you do for storage of seeds. I am not new at gardening, but saving seeds is new for me.  Winters are very cold, so my garage gets way below zero.  Would a canning room be…Continue

Started by Wendy Hime. Last reply by Vicky Myers Mar 2, 2012.

What is this seedling? 9 Replies

I thought it was a morning glory, but it does not resemble any of my other Morning Glory.....I planted other flowers that day, but am at a loss for what this could be as I only have one…Continue

Started by Wendy Hime. Last reply by Vicky Myers Mar 2, 2012.

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Comment by Michele Lawrenson, Z6A on May 6, 2012 at 10:43pm
Exactly Cynthia!!! Hope to see you there!
Comment by Michele Lawrenson, Z6A on May 6, 2012 at 8:44pm

For those of us who just have an immediate question about starting our seeds indoors or readying them for planting out in the garden, I started a new Facebook group called Seed Starters. Come and learn or better yet come and teach!

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on April 28, 2012 at 7:04pm

Sorry to hear it, Cindy.  I guess there's no harm in planting it in the ground and seeing how it does.  I know you know they can form roots along the stem if its buried so that might help it if you can plant is a little deeper than it is now.  Either way, thanks for the update.  We're looking forward to pics!  Happy gardening and good luck little tomato plant!

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on April 20, 2012 at 3:22pm

Fun updates Vicky and all,


I love the new pics.  The pansy looks super nice and I love all the borage seedlings--so cute!  I have some halfway grown borage plants in my garden for the first time, after a garden seed swap with a friend in the UK last year.  I'm excited to see them bloom--they look like they're getting ready soon.  Of course, for him they bloom in mid-summer, but here they grow in winter and bloom in spring.  So fun--I wouldn't mind a COUPLE of seedlings this autumn, LOL.    Vicky if you let that ornamental cabbage/kale bloom and set seed, you can definitely get seed to sow in very late summer for autumn color.  Keep us posted!  And how nice you gave her one as a gift.  Very cool.  Happy growing, sowing, and starting all!

Comment by Vicky Myers on April 20, 2012 at 11:36am

My pansies that I started from seed are hanging in there one is even blooming.

Comment by Vicky Myers on April 20, 2012 at 11:28am

The bees love em so usually no problem getting my food pollenated. They also love the garlic chives flowers that will also take over if you don't save those seeds. I have lots if anyone wants seed. Can't help saving seeds. Oh yea I got a flowering kale late last yr. for the almost 90 yr old lady I help and the crazy thing has shot up and looks like it has arms and a head. I'm waiting to see if it will make seeds for me to start for the fall. She has a few pots outside the glass slider door so she can see them from her bed and chair that she lives in, in their living room. Got her some pansies that are still doing well also.

Comment by Vicky Myers on April 20, 2012 at 11:21am

It's hard for me to pull and toss them but if I potted them all up except for the few I let grow and eeryone had at least one in their yard the stuff would take over the world.

Comment by Vicky Myers on April 20, 2012 at 11:18am

Here are a bunch of the borage seedlings that volunteer every yr.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on April 20, 2012 at 8:22am

I love all of the seedlings, Barbara!  Thanks for sharing them with us.  They're all so cute and vigorous, and those Eucalyptus are very Eucalyptus-looking already!  Please post lots of updates on all of these cuties!  Take care all!

Comment by Barbara Brown Z8 Al. on April 19, 2012 at 9:12pm

Mix of different Sunflower seedlings


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