Collecting dahlia seeds can be very rewarding if you know how to collect them properly. Many people that are new to seed collecting get lost in the excitement and just try to collect as many as they can without really thinking about how to store or package them for long term use. Seed collecting is similar to collecting many other types of seeds. You need to identify what plants you are interested in and then figure out how to store them. There are some things you should always do when learning how to collect dahlia seeds.
The first thing you need to know about dahlias is that they do not do well in moist soil. Moisture will cause the seeds to germinate and begin to grow. Try collecting seeds from areas that have a lot of moisture and dampness such as the southern United States. This is where dahlias are most commonly collected. However, this does not mean you cannot collect seeds from any other area of the world.
Secondly, you will need to find a suitable container for your seed collection. Seed packages can be found at most garden centers and at many retail stores. The best way to determine what package would be best for your particular plant is to carefully review the plant description that comes with the seed packet. Many people mistakenly think that if the plant has a cute little tag with a photo of the plant that it is the right type of seed.
Before you ever purchase any dahlia seeds or plant anything else, inspect the container carefully. Make sure that the surface of the container is dry and that it is not too heavy for the plant. You should also pay attention to the type of support system that the container has. Will it support the weight of the plant or is it flexible and flimsy.
Thirdly, you will need to purchase the seeds that you want to collect. Many times you can find them in your local garden center. You may also be able to buy them online. If you are uncertain of the identification number of the dahlia seeds you wish to order, search for it on the Internet. You may find the necessary Identification number, otherwise you will need to order some seeds from seed catalogues.
Fourthly, you will need to line the bottom of your container with a clear plastic material. Line the inside of the container with another piece of plastic. If you are growing more than one plant, you can use a wider range of plastic. This will ensure that your collection will stay neat and tidy. Line the bottom of the container with another piece of paper and label it with your personal information.
Fifthly, you will need to water the plants daily. Make sure that the pots that you are using are not made of porous material. The dahlias do not like moist conditions. The roots of the seeds should not get water condensed in the container.
When collecting the seeds from the plants, the best time is between early spring and late summer. Collecting the seedlings during freezing conditions may be a challenge. If the seeds are collected before the plant starts producing leaves, the chance of getting a worm or an aphid is high. On the other hand, collecting the seeds after the plant starts to produce flowers is easy. All in all, collecting the seeds will be a fun activity that you will be interested in doing time and again.
How to collect the seeds is not a complicated task if you know what to do. Before you start collecting the seedlings, ensure that the potting materials are dry. Then put the tiny seeds in a clear plastic bag. The color and texture of the container should be as similar as the soil in your garden.
After putting the seeds in the container, cover it with some tissue paper. It will keep the little seedlings safe from insects. The last thing you want is for them to be eaten by a butterfly or a flea. This is something that you would not want to happen to your specimen. The last thing that you want is for the plant to die, especially if you plan to replant it.
Once the seedlings are almost dry, put it back in the potting medium and place it in your garden. It is now ready to be replanted. The process usually takes about three to four growing seasons. How to collect Dandelia seeds is not difficult, but there are still a few things that you need to know in order to be successful.