Harvesting Marigold Seeds

2 Materials
5 Minutes

As I'm sure you know from previous projects, I just love getting something for nothing. And I love avoiding plastic and other unnecessary packaging. This time I'll show you how to harvest marigold seeds to keep ready to sow next year!

For this project, literally all you'll need is a marigold plant which is past its best, and something to store the seeds in. I personally go for small brown paper envelopes for my seeds, but any small container will do just fine. This beautiful orange/yellow flower in the photo is a marigold, if you didn't know :-)

As you can see here, lots of these flowers have 'gone over'. This is exactly what we want them to look like for seed harvesting!

Pick some dried heads from the marigold plant and take them to a flat surface you can get the seeds out on.

If you break open the flower head you will see this. These are the seeds!

Simply brush the seeds out with your finger or thumb and repeat for as many flower heads you want to collect seeds from. That's it! As shown, you'll have a lovely pile of marigold seeds ready for next year. All you need to do is store them somewhere cool and dry :-)

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