Saving Zinnia Seeds

Hi Lovelies,

Ugh, it’s hard to believe that this bed used to be gorgeous. Hopefully, I’ll find the time soon to clean it out and take up the plastic.

With fall in full swing, it’s a good time to learn how to save seeds of some of my favorite flowers. Luckily for me, collecting seeds from many plants is super easy – one of these being, zinnias.

This flower head has turned brown and looks like the perfect candidate to look for some seeds.

When saving seeds of anything, it’s important that the varieties that you’re saving aren’t hybrids. You’ll want to save seed from open-pollinated or heirloom varieties. I see zinnias as the rockstars of my garden. For months and months they put on an amazing show and keep on blooming, without fail. However, if you want to save seeds, you’ll have to stop cutting the flowers at some point to let the blooms pass. As this happens, your plants will get really, really ugly. No, like seriously ugly. When you combine that with a case of powdery mildew (like I usually get in fall), it’s best to have the zinnia bed hidden where your neighbors won’t judge you for your seemingly neglectful gardening.

When rubbing it between my fingers, lots of stuff came out – seeds and dried petals. The seeds feel noticeably harder and plump. Dried petals usually floated away when I gently blew on them.

To save seed, I simply pick the dried flower heads and rub them in my hand. Some people go to the trouble of tagging flowers with specific qualities that they like and others even try to pollinate and breed their own! Unfortunately, my life isn’t that organized, and I’ve accepted that it probably will never be.

The darker seed is mature and can be saved. The lighter seed is either immature or wasn’t pollinated.

Once I get my seeds, I throw them in a coin envelope and store them in a cool drawer until spring planting.

Have you ever saved zinnia seeds? What your favorite type? How did you do it?


An awesome one-woman flower farm, cultivated by the love of all things pretty.


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