How to Pick Morning Glory Seeds

Overview

Morning glory is an old fashioned vine, often seen climbing up a wall or beautifying an old fence. The vines, in shades of pink, blue, red, white and purple, are fast growers that can that can grow ten feet in two months. Morning glories are an annual plant that will die with the first hard freeze, but they leave plenty of seeds behind, and new vines will sprout when the weather turns warm in spring. If you want to save morning glory seeds to share with friends or family, it's a simple task.

Step 1

Watch for the morning glory to develop seed pods. It will be easy to tell the difference between the blooms and the seed pods. The seed pods will droop down from the vine, and the buds will point upwards.

Step 2

Leave a few of the seed pods to die on the vine. When they turn brittle and brown, they're ready to be picked.

Step 3

Hold a bowl under the seed pod, and with the other hand, crumble the seed pod. If the morning glory seeds are dry enough, they will drop into the bowl, and if not, leave them to dry a few more days. The seeds will be about 1/8 inch long, and will be dark brown or black.

Step 4

Put the morning glory seeds on a paper plate and put them in a dry place away from drafts. Leave them for about a week to dry. Add a few extra days if the weather is damp or humid.

Step 5

Store the morning glory seeds in a labeled envelope. Story them in a cool, dry place until spring.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Pie plate
  • Envelope

References

  • Seed Saving FAQS: Morning Glory
  • Collecting Morning Glory Seeds
  • Growing Requirements of Morning Glories
Keywords: morning glory seeds, seed pods, paper plate

About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a longtime writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the "East-Oregonian Newspaper" and "See Jane Run" magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.