Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Molly Hackett
Master Gardener 

Saving seeds, tilling and morning glories

Dirty Fingernails


August 6, 2020

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Master Gardener Molly Hackett

I want to save seeds from my poppies and hollyhocks. How do I do that?

The most important thing is not to cut off the seedpods too soon. When seedpods turn from green to beige, the seeds in the pods will be ripe, but not before. The seeds must ripen on the plant. If cut off too soon, the seeds will never ripen.

Some plants drop their seeds near the plant, and hollyhocks are included in this category. The disc-shaped seedpods can be picked off the stem when they are beige colored. The pods will break apart into several large seeds, each forming part of the disc.

Poppies are one of the plant...

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