I’ve collected perennial seeds in the past and started them in small pots, but after I watched this video about seed starting, created by the park staff where I live in Dane County, Wisconsin, I decided to “go bigger!” Perennial seeds in the midwest need a cold period to germinate, so they have to spend time outside in the winter.
I collected seeds from plants that I already grow in my garden:
- Orange (native) Columbine
- Purple Columbine
- Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans)
- Coneflower “Cheyenne Spirit”
- Coneflower, White
- Purple and White Columbine (seeds saved from 2018)
- Early Sunflower or Oxeye (Heliopsis helianthoides) from a free seed packet I received from Prairie Moon Nursery
In the spring, when it’s warm enough, I’ll flip open the top of the jugs to let sunlight in. Once the plants have a couple sets of true leaves, I’ll transplant to individual pots. Then when they’re big enough, in to my garden.
I also collected seeds from my annual flowers and veggies, and I’ll start those indoors next spring. Seed starting keeps me hopeful:)