Saving Seeds from My Mystery Plant (Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Hortensia’)

In this post, I share a seed saving experience with my Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Hortensia’.  Learn how easy it is to save seeds from plants that are bee-friendly.

My Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Hortensia’

rudbeckia plant in bloom

After moving to the country it was one of the plants that should have been moved but left behind.  The plant is perfect for the elements living out along the farm fields and the color is by far my favorite. Luck would have it, I spotted one of these plants blooming in the back acres of our property. Of course.... you all know me ... I had no clue what the name of the plant was so I shared it on Facebook.   Today I’m saving seeds from this ‘mystery plant’ and sharing the task with you on my site.

EASY Steps To Saving Rudbeckia Seeds

Below are the easy steps on how to save the rudbeckia seeds.  I hope you use them and comment below to tell me what you think of this project. Cut the flowers and enjoy them in the house until they are completely dead!  I love enjoying the rudbeckia indoors.  The bloom usually lasts a few weeks.

Let the flower die completely Cut Flowers that have dried in the container – don’t throw them away!  I brought these indoors to share a photo of what I think of the blue canning jars never intending to save the seed until the plant died and I had an epiphany to save the seeds.

dried flower

Inside the head of the bloom is where you will find the seed.  Remove the dried petals from the flower to save the seeds.

dried seeds on trayCut the stems from the head of the flower and leave to dry for a few days before packaging the seeds.
label seeds
Label the seeds and seal them in a wax paper envelope. Once the seeds are labeled you can store them in a dry location to use in your garden or give as gifts to your friends and future gardeners.  I share a few posts on my site about how to store the seeds so be sure to check out my post.  This method can be used on other perennials and annuals such as sunflowers, zinnias and even tomatoes.

Let’s Connect

I would love to hear from you if you have ever saved seeds from a wild sunflower or rudbeckia.  Maybe you have the same plant that I do!  Please be sure to comment below.  I am on social media @brenhaas so be kind and tag me when you share this post.  Let’s get everyone growing pretty flowers next season.

Happy Gardening,

Bren Haas

Bren Haas

Bren Haas

Bren Haas is the creator of GardenChat which is the first online gardening social community using social media. Her website features gardening tips and tricks, recipes, travel ideas, product reviews, and social media how-to help from her personal and unique experiences.

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