Like Mother, Like Daughter…Posted: April 10, 2011
Its a beautiful Sunday afternoon and I’m going to spend it collecting seeds to dry and save from my flowers. Some of my earliest memories involve collecting marigold seeds from my Grandmothers house with my Mom.
Every spring my Mom sends me seeds that she has collected from her garden the previous summer. My parents live in Idaho and have a BEAUTIFUL home and garden. (hopefully she sends me some photos that I can share here. hint, hint!) Obviously a lot of what she sends me doesn’t grow as well in our climate, but I always give it a whirl.
Saving seeds is as easy as collecting the dead heads from the flowers you like. I dry them in the garage and put them in plastic bags. This year I scored some cute little containers from Savers for their hibernation, photos coming soon!
There are two types of Seeds – Hybrid & Heirloom
The good news is BOTH work for re-seeding. I know this is a hot topic in the gardening world, and frankly I’m not trying to start any heated debates, so here’s some basic information:
Hybrid – These seeds are produced by companies through careful pollination of two specific varieties. Normally, this highly selective plant breeding is done to bring together two traits in each of the chosen varieties so that the resulting seed has both of the traits. Plants grown from hybrid seeds typically do not produce seeds that can be used to grow the same type of plants. From what I understand these seeds will revert back to the basic characteristics of one of its parent plants.
Heirloom – These non hybrid seeds come from plants that are naturally pollinated. Some of these varieties have been around for centuries and will produce plants whose seeds will produce more plants that look the same as the parent plant.
If anyone has any additional info on Heirloom vs. Hybrid seeds I look forward to hearing your thoughts. I think in the future I’ll try to buy heirloom when possible… but also look forward to seeing the results I get from the hybrid seeds as they revert back to their “parent” state. It could be fun!
NEXT: I PROMISE the house plants are coming soon…