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Offline susan1957

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Seed Saving
« on: September 18, 2008, 07:06:05 PM »
What is the best way to save seeds?  How should they be saved?

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Re: Seed Saving
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2008, 09:48:49 AM »
The answer is complex because each plant has different things you need to do.  You always try to leave the fruit on the plant till it is fully mature, usually past time to eat.  Pick the best fruit from the healthiest plants. 

On the how the best resource I have found is http://www.seedsavers.org

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Re: Seed Saving
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2008, 08:56:42 PM »
On the how the best resource I have found is http://www.seedsavers.org

Joining Seed Savers Exchange is a great way to get access to 12000+ open pollinating heirloom varieties which are good for building a home sustenance garden.  They are not as disease resistant as modern hybrids, so you will want to plant more than you might with garden store seeds as well as having more variety among cultivars.

They ship their catalog every Feb, so join in January to get it and start planning your garden.

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Re: Seed Saving
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2008, 11:56:52 AM »
http://www.seedsave.org/issi/issi_904.html

This is the International Seed Saving Institute


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Re: Seed Saving
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2008, 11:22:05 AM »
Green beans, pumpkin and other squashes, dried peas, and some herbs store well in the freezer. I have kept green bean seeds for years this way. Onion seeds just don't store well at all. You will have a very poor germination rate. Marigold seeds, lettuce and others I allow to dry well, place in envelopes and store in a plastic container to keep out the bugs.

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Re: Seed Saving
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2008, 10:24:09 AM »
I have had good germination with onions as long as they were stored in the fridge. I keep all my seeds in a fridge drawer, inside packages and then sealed in a large plastic bag. If the seeds are in a little plastic bag (like those little zipper bags), I put some paper or something in with it to absorb any moisture, but I generally try to make sure they are really dry before they go in.

I recently tried to plant some shallot seeds (onion family) that I had gotten in a seed exchange but they did not even sprout. For all I know they could have been left in the hot sun or out on a humid back porch for weeks or months.