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Treasures of the Kingdom, Number 2 (August 1999) | Timeless Truths Publications

Project, poem, and verse

How to Save Your Own Flower Seeds

Many flower seeds are easy to save. All you need are some envelopes, a pen or pencil for writing, and a plastic zip-lock bag to keep the seeds dry.

1. First you need to find the flowers you want to save seed from. Some flowers bloom all summer (especially if you remember to pinch off all the old flowers, for then they will grow many more), so it is best to gather their seeds in the fall. Here are some of those kind of flowers:

  • pansies
  • cosmos
  • marigolds
  • snapdragon
  • petunias
  • zinnias

Some other plants only have flowers for a short time each year, but every year they grow back again. They are called perennials, and you can gather their seeds right after they finish blooming. Some of the common kinds are:

  • columbine
  • holly
  • hock
  • yarrow
  • Sweet William

2. Collect the seeds when the pods or flower heads are dry and brown, but not split open. If you gather them when they are still green, the seeds won’t save as well. Wait until the plants are dry before you begin to gather the seeds.

3. Place the seeds in an envelope and write the name of the flower on the outside. Each kind of flower should have a different envelope for its seeds. It is also a good idea to write down when you gathered the seed.

4. Keep the seed envelopes in a zip-lock bag to protect them from getting wet. Save your seeds for growing more flowers next spring, and remember to share some with your friends!

God make my life a little light
Within this world to glow;
A little flame that burneth bright
Wherever I may go.

God make my life a single flower
That giveth joy to all;
Content to bloom in native bower,
Although its place be small.

God make my life a little song
That comforteth the sad,
That helpeth others to be strong,
And makes the singer glad.

God make my life a little hymn
Of tenderness and praise;
Of faith that never waxeth dim
In all His wondrous ways.

—selected from Primary Songs

A verse to hide in your heart

“Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”* (Galatians 6:7)