How to Get Trailing Petunia Seeds From the Plants

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How to Get Trailing Petunia Seeds From the Plants
Trailing petunias are perfect for window baskets. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Trailing petunias are one of the most popular types of flower sold because they are versatile. They can be used in window baskets, in hanging baskets and as filling in flowerbeds. Although petunias can be tricky to start from seed, once established they require little care and flourish throughout the growing season. Obtaining seeds for future planting is easy as long as you have the patience to allow your trailing petunia to turn brown and ripen with seed pods.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Scissors
  • Paper bag
  • Tin pie plate
  • Pen
  • Quart jar with lid

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Snip seed pods from brown, dry vines. They are inside the remnants of the faded bloom. Place them in a paper bag.

  2. 2

    Pour seed pods into a tin pie plate, spreading out so they can dry. Allow pods to dry indoors for one to two weeks.

  3. 3

    Open the seed pods carefully with your fingers, and empty seeds into the tin pie plate.

  4. 4

    Remove chafe remnants from seeds by tiltingthe pie plate to one side, allowing the seeds to gather.

  5. 5

    Return the seeds to the paper bag. Label the outside of the bag with the contents and date.

  6. 6

    Store the bag inside a sealed jar in a cool, dry place free from humidity until ready to plant.

Tips and warnings

  • During the drying and storing process, avoid humidity. The smallest amount of moisture can be an invitation for mould and fungus.

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