Strawflower Seed Is A Great Place To Start

I’ve chosen Strawflowers as the first cut flower for #seedsavingformarketgrowers because it is so easy.

Strawflowers clearly tell you when they are ready – the inside of the flower gets all fluffy and you can gently rub that fluff away to reveal a tiny cup full of seed.

And that seed is pretty much perfectly clean. Shake that seed into a container and you’re set.

Strawflowers are also great for saving seed because there are so many blooms per plant. There’s no cost to let a few flowers go to seed. It won’t compromise your flower yield.

And a dozen or so flowers will supply you with enough seed for a few years!

Strawflowers are crossers, so if you’re growing more than 1 variety in a 1000’ radius, you can see some crossing. Though in a garden packed with flowers to distract pollinators, I bet you can go down to 600’ with minimal crossing.

If you want to maintain a population of diverse strawflowers, make sure to harvest at least 1 flower from each flower colour you want to see in future generations.

This is a great a beginner flower for seed saving!

The PROS of saving Strawflower seed:

  • Readily dries down in field
  • Very easy to extract the seed
  • Very easy to clean the seed
  • Tons of blooms even if you let a few go to seed
  • There are some solid open pollinated varieties
  • Annual – from seed to seed in 1 season

The CONS of saving Strawflower seed:

  • Crossers gonna cross

SEED YIELD:

2 lbs to 4 lbs from a 100ft bed

SEED LIFE:

3 years


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