Learn how to collect dahlia seeds, and experience the anticipation of creating new dahlia hybrids in your garden.

Harvesting dahlia seeds can be lots of fun. Each seed collected has the potential to grow into a brand new dahlia plant that has never been seen before.

Dahlia seeds will not bloom true to the parent plants, and the plants that grow from the seeds will be new hybrids.

If you allow the bees to fertilize the dahlias through open pollination, they will most likely develop pods with some seed. Bees are excellent pollinators.

Each seed inside the dahlia seed pod is genetically different, and will produce a unique plant.

You can save some dahlia seeds and try your luck growing them. The seeds may not produce a plant as beautiful as the parent plant, however you may be pleasantly surprised.

Most often the resulting plants will have single blooms rather than doubles, with open centres, as these are dominant characteristics.

If you have lots of similar plants together however, there is a likelihood that the bees will travel from one bloom to another, cross pollinating these blooms.

After the fertilized dahlia bloom is spent, the petals start to dry up and then fall off. The pod itself begins to gradually close shut.

Eventually as the pod matures and dries, it will turn brown and papery. The pod is mature at about six to eight weeks from pollination.

Check on maturity of the seeds by pulling back the bracts, and if you see a large dark black or brown seed, that is an indication of maturity and readiness for harvest.

Dahlia seeds can be difficult to find unless you know exactly what you are looking for and looking at.

Dahlia seeds are long and somewhat flat in shape, with a slight narrowing at each end. They are usually dark brown or black when they are mature.

Dry the dahlia seeds, then store them in a paper envelope, which will help to keep them dry until ready to plant.

Try collecting and planting some dahlia seeds. You just never know what new dahlias you will discover.

For more information, see the tutorial!