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Year-Round Giving: How to Harvest Black-Eyed Susan Seeds

October 02, 2013

How to Harvest Black-Eyed Susan Seeds

I love this flower. It is a bright burst of color in a garden or in a flower arrangement. Fall has arrived and your Black-Eyed Susans should be losing their petals and dying back. This flower is biennial which means the first year it will not have a flower. This is the time to harvest seeds.

1. When the petals have fallen off you are left with a  black cone. Cut the cones off and place in a container that has a lid.

2. Cover with the lid and give the container a 30 second hard shake. This will loosen the seeds from the cone.

3. Place a colander over a bowl and pour the cones & seeds into the colander. The seeds will fall through the colander. Save seeds in an envelope and store until next planting season. See chart below.

Zone 7 - June-July
Zone 8 - May-June.
Zone 9 - April-May
Zones 10 & 11 - March-April, October-November.

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