Saving Seed

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fatbelly

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Saving Seed
« on: May 19, 2011, 20:25 »
Where possible I intend to try and save seed for next year.
Am I correct that providing the Cultivar isn't an F1 then any seed can be saved.

For example I have bought these Sunflowers, can I save the seed for next year?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?viewItem&item=380324836702&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT#ht_1016wt_905

Who has had a go at Seed Saving? What tips can you give me?
Thanks in advance FB
« Last Edit: May 19, 2011, 20:26 by fatbelly »
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mumofstig

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Re: Saving Seed
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2011, 20:34 »
Am I correct that providing the Cultivar isn't an F1 then any seed can be saved.

For example I have bought these Sunflowers, can I save the seed for next year?
You are right about saving seeds from non-f1, but according to moles seeds your sunflower is
 an f1 variety
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Re: Saving Seed
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2011, 20:39 »
When saving seeds the main thing is to dry them throughly if they are at all damp they will rot.  I save runner and dwarf bean seeds by leaving on a few of the best runners and then cutting off the plants when they are finished and leaving them hanging in the shed to dry for a couple of months then storing in a tin with some rice to keep the damp out.

Other seeds can be saved but try to gather them on a warm dry day and keep them in a cool dry place, the back of the fridge is good, if you are allowed.

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Re: Saving Seed
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2011, 09:49 »
You need to be careful with some veg that will cross pollinate e.g. squashes. They need a bit of extra help to keep the variety true.

There are some interesting photos elsewhere in the forum showing what squashes get up to if left to their own devices  :lol:

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Re: Saving Seed
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2011, 12:15 »
Fatbelly's been around long enough to have seen that many times without me having to repeat it.
Did it really tell you to do THAT on the packet?

Seeds are SOWN, planting's for plants (and bulbs & tubers)!



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