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How to Collect Gazania Seeds

By Roseann Losito-Raia
Gazania in bloom

Known as the African Daisy or Treasure Flower, Gazania (Gazania ringens) are members of the aster family that are native to South Africa. With cheery daisy-like blooms that close up in dim light, gazania range in colors from bright yellow, orange and red, to pink and white. These sun-loving flowers grow between 6 and 12 inches tall, and are perfect for front borders and rock gardens. Gazania are tender annuals in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 1 though 8, but can be perennial in zones 9 and above. Gardeners who wish to propagate gazania can do so by following easy steps for collecting seed.

Collecting Gazania Seeds

Snip off spent flower heads using pruning shears.

Wait until petals have fallen from your gazania flower heads, letting them mature until they are brown.

Paper bags are ideal for drying out seed heads.

Snip off the spent heads using pruning shears and place them in an open paper bag to dry out for another week or two.

This simple envelope is the perfect place to store seeds.

Remove the fluffy seed heads from the bag and break open the pods over your bowl. The fuzzy, cone shaped seeds then can be collected for spring sowing.

Seeds collected in fall  result in a  beautiful spring.

Store seeds in a labeled envelope placed in a dry, cool room until spring planting season arrives.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Bowl
  • Paper bag
  • Envelope
  • Pen

About the Author

 

Roseann Losito-Raia has over 15 years of experience as a published freelance writer for "The Inside Connection," "The Music Paper" and "The Musician's Exchange." Since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Long Island University, she has worked as a marketing and advertising manager in the music and DVD industry.