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Growing into a gardener. Collecting and growing seeds.

Exploded Busy Lizzy seed pod

All plants grow seeds. Some do it only very rarely. Seeds are a mechanism for evolution - when cloning reproduces identical plants, plants grown from seeds are a combination of the genotypes of the mother and father. Every combination is slightly different and this is the base for breeding new plant varieties.  

So every seed you plant will grow into a truly genetically unique organism.

As the first step you need to get your plant flowering. This should not be so hard when using the Click and Grow system. It only takes patience. The Painted nettle, French marigold and Busy Lizzy are the easiest to start with.

The second step is not to pinch off all wilted flowers. Also keep in mind, that producing seeds exhausts the plant. If you want the best quality seeds, it is advisable to leave only a few "production" blossoms.

Wait and observe - the flower will turn into a seedpod. It may take a long time for the seeds to ripen. Ripe French marigold seeds are 1 cm long and almost black. They can be easily removed from the flower. The seeds of Painted nettle are black, round and smaller than 0.5 mm in diameter. Shake the flower gently and the seeds will fall on your hand. Busy lizzy is a little devil. The seedpods are explosive. Watch as the seedpods grow into little 1 cm capsules. When ready, the slightest fingertouch will trigger the seedpods to explode and throw the brown 1 mm big seeds in every direction.

Take the seeds and plant them in your garden. But more about that in a future post.

Take care!

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