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When saving your own seeds, it’s important to store them properly. Not only is it a waste of time and energy to go about saving the seeds, only to let them go to waste because of improper storage, but it’s also important to make sure your seeds are viable when the time comes to plant them!
Spring is here! It is time to start thinking about your garden. In order to ensure you have beautiful summer blooms, you will need to start planting soon. Bulb gardening is a popular way to grow a vibrant flower patch, but can be a little confusing. If you need a little help deciding when to plant which flowers, consult the Beginner’s Guide to Bulb Gardening made by ProFlowers below.
Every fall intrepid gardeners ponder their properties and plan for the new year. Or, more likely, every spring property owners drive about and jealously wonder why they did not plan ahead for beautiful spring colors bursting from tulips, daffodils and crocus. Well, now is the time to plan ahead and get your garden in shape.
Most serious gardeners save seeds. It’s easy, it’s practical, and it will save you some money. Here are a few seed-saving tips:
Storing seeds that you obtained from other plants is a strategy for organic home gardening. Save and store your plant seeds for growing at a later time for when you decide to plant. Although there is no promise that the seeds might grow from saving them, you can take the extra ideas to save them which will allow them to grow like they might of within their own natural environment.
Treating sunflower seed with a fungicide may be considered where seeding is done very early when the soil is still cold and germination is delayed. Where wireworms are a problem, use an insecticide seed treatment.
Tomatoes are one of the most popular and most easy vegetables to grow at home and now is the time to consider saving tomato seed ready for next year’s growing season. Saving your own tomato seeds is a great way to save money – and as it’s easy to do, there’s no reason not to!
Have you ever tried to grow apple trees from seeds collected from an apple? It certainly makes good sense that they would germinate. They are seeds and seeds are supposed to grow, right?
Native wildflowers are those that were growing naturally in the landscape before the first settlers arrived from Europe. Ever since that time more and more plants have been introduced from around the world with very mixed results. Although many of the imports are now prized garden specimens, others are regarded as invasive weeds whose cultivation is actively discouraged eg Japanese Knotweed. The benefits of growing wildflowers are many, but here are just a few:
The manner in which you store your sunflowers can play an important role in the preservation of your seeds (as well as the ease with which they’re unloaded). For example, if there is excess moisture during storage, it’s possible for the moisture to freeze the seeds, causing breakage. This happens often when they’re harvested early and stored without proper drying. Harvesting them early can help limit the potential for bird damage and shattering, but the seeds must be dried before storage. In this article, I’ll provide a few tips for storing your sunflowers properly to prevent them from being damaged.