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debs64debs64 Posts: 5,118
Hi all, I consider myself a fairly experienced gardener but one thing I have never really tried is harvesting seeds from plants. On my allotment compost area there are the most beautiful poppies growing with large deep purple flowers and I want them in my garden. What is the best way to go about it? 
Any tips and advice gratefully received thanks 


  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 Posts: 954
    Just wait until the seed heads go brown and develop a rattle - then the seeds are ready so you can just snap them off - best have a paper bag or old envelope handy as the seeds fall out if the ripe heads very readily. The other trick is to tie a bag over the poppy head so it collects the seeds - just snip the stem with bag in place once they rattle - I guess if your are on the allotment that might be the best way. The advice usually says a paper bag but how that is supposed to work in the rain, so I would use a small plastic one and if it’s clear then you can also see if the seeds are ready.We have lots of poppies in the garden and I scatter the seeds as soon as they are ripe but I suspect you could store them if you wanted - usual advice is somewhere dark, dry and cool (re the cool, I just keep all my seeds in a seed tin in the dining room and they seem fine so not sure how much temperature matters). 
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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,570
    Store seeds in paper envelopes,never plastic as they sweat,  but the very best things to keep seeds in are madopar jars with the dessicant in the cap. Next is a glass jar with tight sealing lid with the dessicant sachets in. You probably know a good place to get these. ;) I used to get the dispensers doing the dosette trays to save all jars with dessicants for me.
  • debs64debs64 Posts: 5,118
    Thank you @fidgetbones I am a dispenser myself so will save the dessicants. 
    @Butterfly66 will definitely do as you advise the poppies are such a gorgeous colour and just growing wild. 
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