Begonias are tropical and subtropical plants that thrive both indoors and out. These showy plants have foliage that's as compelling as its blooms, which come in a variety of colors. Begonia blossoms erupt in prolific clusters that inevitably draw attention and admiration. When you come across a particularly enchanting variety that you want to be able to enjoy year after year, just save its seeds and you'll ensure your ability to do just that, without any effort to find it again or any expense to keep buying the plants.
How to Save Begonia Seeds
Locate the flower pods on your Begonia plant. These are the centers of the dried, spent blooms.
Snip the flower pods carefully at the base. The flower stem should be at the point where it is beginning to dry and wither.
Place the Begonia flower pods in a large paper envelope and allow them to dry completely. This could take one or two weeks.
Label and date the envelope to identify the flower pods.
Remove the flower pods from the envelope after they have dried completely and carefully open them over a pie plate to remove the Begonia seeds. Chaff from the flower pods will collect with the seeds in the pie plate.
Separate the chaff by tilting the pie plate to one side so that the seeds roll away from the chaff.
Discard the chaff and place the Begonia seeds in a small, labeled envelope.
Store them in a cool, dry place away from extreme temperatures and humidity until you are ready to plant your new Begonias.