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Blue cornflower seeds


By Usernut

scotland, United Kingdom Gb

I have a couple of blue cornflowers (Centaurea
cyanus) growing and flowering, and about 30 seeds left for next year. How can I get more seeds from the one,s that are flowering?
anyone picked seed from these?
I'd like to know where abouts on the plant the seeds are? and when to pick them?




The flowerhead will become a seed head - leave it on the plant, keep an eye on it otherwise you'll go to collect one day and find all the seed's already blown away.

8 Jul, 2009


Which may not be such a big deal as they will seed into your garden!

8 Jul, 2009


Thanks, i,ll collect them before they fall.

9 Jul, 2009


Alternatively once the flower is going over put a paper bag over the whole of the head and anchor with twine. Cut off the complete flower, stem and all, and hang upside down somewhere dry. The seeds will drop into the paper bag and you will be able to save and sow them.

11 Jul, 2009


Thanks, i, ll try that.. I did wonder how others collect seed.

11 Jul, 2009


Good luck!

11 Jul, 2009


Don't try and save too many seeds if you like wildlife. Goldfinches will go a long way for cornflower seed heads.

12 Jul, 2009


I have a few plants so will only take seeds from a couple of flowers.

12 Jul, 2009

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