Guara is a beautiful wildflower with large arching stems of flowers that pollinators love. Once you grow this easy-to-care-for plant, you will definitely want to have it in your garden year after year! Saving seeds from your existing plant means you can plant them next year for free flowers in your garden!
Once you learn how to save guara seeds during the blooming season, you will be able to grow these flowers every year without needing to pay for seed packets again.
Collecting guara seeds is incredibly easy! You can gather dozens of seeds in less than 60 seconds!
What Do Guara Seeds Look Like?
Guara seeds are brown in color and oval in shape. They are a flat seed, rather than a round seed.
Dried seeds will be brown, but unripe seeds will be green until they are ready to harvest.
The seeds are found along the flower stem underneath the blooming flowers.
Harvesting Guara Seeds
Unlike many plants, guara seeds can be harvested while the plant is still blooming and producing flowers.
You do not need to wait until the plant dies to harvest the seeds. In fact, you should not wait because the seeds will no longer be available when the plant is dead.
Harvesting guara seeds is very easy. You can easily gather dozens of seeds in a minute or two.
Guara seeds develop along the flower stalks as the plants grow. Seeds will be found along the stems just underneath the blooming flowers.
Once the seeds turn brown, they are ready to harvest.
Gently pull the flower stem between your fingers and the seeds will easily fall off.
See the process of harvesting in my Youtube video:
It is best to check for brown seed pods every few days. Once the pods have dried, they often fall off very easily.
I found this out the hard way when harvesting seeds. By the time I went outside to gather the seeds, most of them had fallen to the ground. While you can harvest from the ground, it can be quite difficult to find the seeds among the dirt and mulch.
If you gently rub your fingers across the flower stalk and the seeds to not fall off, then they are not ready to harvest. Leave them on the stems until they dry out.
Important Note: Harvest guara seeds before rain if possible. Once they are wet, then you will need to wait longer for them to dry out.
Seed saving is ideally suited for organic, heirloom or open-pollinated plants.
I purchase my seed packets from Botanical Interests, which sells heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers.
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How to Dry Guara Seeds
The brown seeds that you harvest from the stalks are dried already. Lay them on a paper towel for a few days to make sure any outer moisture has evaporated.
How to Store Guara Seeds
Store seeds in a paper bag or a glass jar without a tightly sealed lid.
You do not want to store seeds in a glass jar or plastic jar that is sealed with a lid. There is not adequate air flow in the container for the seeds, and moisture may be trapped inside the jar, which could then make the seeds mold or germinate too early.
Put the container of seeds in a cool, dry place. Be sure to label the container with the plant name, and variety if necessary.
Add any gardening tips that you learned from this year’s harvest to the label so that you will remember for next year’s garden.
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