Basic Seed Saving Tips
New to seed saving? Here are a few handy tips to help you get first time seed savers started.
1. Which seeds to save.
Wet seeds come from plants with fleshy fruits including cucumber, squash, and tomatoes.
Dry seeds come from plants with pods, including okra, beans and peas. Also, many medicinal plants including motherwort, vitex, and echinacea.
2. When to save them.
Wet seeds are best harvested when the fruit is overripe.
Harvest dry seeds when you can hear them shake inside the pods, after the flower head has turned brown (echinacea), and when the berries of vitex have turned brownish black.
3. How to save them.
Remove the pulp from wet seeds, open dry pods, place dry seed heads of echinacea and motherwort in paper bags and shake. Spread seeds in a single layer on a paper bag or cloth napkin. Keep well ventilated and out of the sun.
4. Where to store your seeds.
Store seeds in an airtight container, in cool temperatures and out of the light. Label with the plant name and date..
Interested in learning more?
We have SEED SAVING and SEED STARTING Intensives in the works with deep dives into how to start and save seeds with resources, downloadables, and more coming to the member portal.
Download this PDF file with the above tips to save and use!
Basic Seed Saving Tips PDF Contributed by Lucretia Jones.
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