Can you save zinnia seeds to plant next year?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

You can save zinnia seeds to plant next year. Zinnias are beautiful flowering plants that produce seeds after they have bloomed. By saving these seeds, you can continue to grow zinnias in your garden year after year. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when saving zinnia seeds.

Firstly, it is important to select varieties that have been open pollinated. Open-pollinated varieties are those that have been pollinated by natural means, such as wind or insects. These varieties tend to produce seeds that will grow true to type, meaning the plants that grow from these seeds will closely resemble the parent plant. On the other hand, hybrid varieties, which are created by crossing two different parent plants, can produce seeds that vary widely in the next generation. Therefore, it is best to avoid saving seeds from hybrid zinnia varieties if you want to ensure consistency in the plants you grow.

Additionally, if possible, choose organic zinnia seeds. Organic seeds are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). By selecting organic seeds, you can help support sustainable and environmentally-friendly farming practices.

When it comes to saving zinnia seeds, the process is relatively simple. Allow the flowers to bloom fully and then let them fade and dry on the plant. As the flowers dry out, seed heads will form. These seed heads contain the mature zinnia seeds. Once the seed heads have fully dried, you can harvest them by gently shaking or rubbing them to release the seeds. Place the seeds in a dry and well-ventilated area to further dry out before storing them.

To store zinnia seeds, it is important to keep them in a cool and dry location. You can store them in paper envelopes or glass jars, making sure to label them with the variety and date of collection. Properly stored zinnia seeds can remain viable for several years, allowing you to save them for future planting seasons.

Saving zinnia seeds to plant next year is definitely possible. By selecting open-pollinated varieties and preferably organic seeds, you can increase the likelihood of growing zinnias that closely resemble the parent plants. With a simple process of drying and storing the seeds properly, you can enjoy the beauty of zinnias in your garden year after year.