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Is it necessary to sort seeds from chaff to save for planting?

Is it necessary to sort the seeds from the chaff if you're going to replant? Would just releasing the seeds from the chaff be good enough?
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The year after carrots go to seed

I let some of my carrots go to seed this year to gather up the seeds myself, beautiful white flowers, lots of pollinators, etc. =D Going into the following spring however what can I expect of the ...
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Chilli pepper seeds with dark cores: viability?

I have a ripe crop of serrano chilli peppers (Capsicum annuum). I'm planning to save some seeds for a future crop, and have done some research on what I need to do to dry and store them properly for ...
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What is the best way to gather seed from Monarda species?

There are various Monarda species growing where I live, both in gardens and in the wild, including Monarda fistulosa, Monarda didyma (Scarlet bee-balm), Monarda punctata (Spotted horsement), and ...
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How to tell if sunflower seeds are empty or not

I have some Mammoth sunflowers that I began to harvest today. Many of the seeds are empty inside, but not all. Maybe 50/50. I'd like to keep many of them to sow next year. Is there an easy and ...
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Do potatoes produce seeds that you can store and/or replant?

Do potatoes produce seeds (specifically La Ratte potato) and how do you harvest them? Although I don't fully understand, I am aware that "seed potatoes" are a thing and can be used to grow a ...
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Will California poppy seeds mature off the host plant?

I am trying to harvest California poppy seeds to be used next year. Living in Northeast Ohio, the tendency for these plants is to be an annual. Presently (late October) I've got lots of green seedpods,...
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Growing plant (e.g. date palm) from the seed of the dried fruit?

I would like to grow date palm from the seed as a house plant in my flat. I have no access to the fresh date fruit, I have access to the dried date fruit only with the seede (core). Can I use the seed ...
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What are the seeds I can preserve and use in my terrace garden? [closed]

I have preserved haldi (turmeric) since December and planning to plant during this month. This has worked great last year. I will like to know what are the other seeds those I can get from day to day ...
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Will Moonflower and Morning Glory interbreed?

I assume Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) and morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea) must be able to interbreed/cross-pollinate since the plants are so similar... I want to grow the two plants together in my ...
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What kind of striped purple pole bean is this?

I last grew these beans in 2013 in central NY and am hoping to grow them again this year (I know, they're old). Unfortunately I have no memories of where I got the original bean seeds, and I really ...
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Does seeds from two tomatos from the same plant share the exact same genetics?

I have a tomato plant with a huge deformed tomato, and other normal ones. If I save seeds from the deformed tomato, could it result in plants with more chances of giving deformed tomatos than if I ...
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Can you transplant a bolted plant and still get viable seeds?

I have a few plants in my raised beds (mostly broccoli and beets) that are bolting and producing seeds, but not ready to collect them yet. I need the space for some new seedlings, and I don't know ...
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viability of alocacia seeds after winter storage

My climate is hot Mediterranean, winter temperatures seldom go below 5c/41F. If I buy seeds around this time of the year (Midsummer), I must wait till the heat of summer abates, and winter is over, ...
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Do seeds get frozen and unusable, if held in a cold garage over winter?

I collected some seeds this year, and I meant to store them in a garage that gets cold in winter (temperatures are approximately the same as outdoors temperatures). However, an aquientance says they ...
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Separating lettuce seeds

I grew some good lettuce this year, cos (white seed) and crutterbunch (dark seed). I like the crutterbunch better and it is sometimes tough to find the seed in the store so I made sure to cut all the ...
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Growing Strawberry Tree from Fruit

I am very heartbroken to have had to have my beautiful mature Strawberry Tree taken out. I could not afford to have it transplanted, but I want to preserve it in some way. I did not think to ask for ...
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How should I store wildflower seeds embedded in a piece of cotton, for several months before planting?

I live in Massachusetts, in the Northeast section of the United States. My growing zone is USDA 6a, which means that our winter temperatures can get as low as -10°F/-23.3°C. I was recently given a ...
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What should I consider before vacuum-sealing seeds for storage?

This year I have harvested more seeds than I will use next spring. I plan to vacuum-seal them and I want to know if, except for drying them really well, I should consider anything in particular. ...
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How to limit static electricity on my new seed sieve?

I just made the mistake of purchasing a plastic seed sieve. I've only used it a couple of times, and already regret not purchasing a larger metal one - but they were so much more expensive. I've ...
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How to remove spikes from Echinacea purpurea seeds?

In order to collect the seeds from a stem I have to remove the spikes. Wearing gardening gloves doesn't work because I can't take a grip on the seeds when wearing the gloves. With my bare hands this ...
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Does it hurt to add salt to fermenting seeds?

So, I decided to ferment some cantaloupe seeds, and since I like lacto-fermenting pickles and stuff, I decided to experiment and mix in a liberal amount of pickling salt (maybe a tablespoonful) and ...
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Spring onion regrowth and seeding

I have been growing spring onions and am not sure whether or not I am regrowing them the best way. I have a few questions. I have been cutting the spring onions at their base so that the regrow and I ...
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How to separate seeds from chaff (husk)?

I have harvested seeds from Zinnia elegans and Dahlia variabilis and I don't know how to easily separate the seeds from the chaff. I have put them in a bag and shaked it hoping that the seeds will ...
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Can I harvest and plant vegetable seeds in the same season?

I have some plants (cilantro, lettuce) that have already gone to seed. Am I able to plant these seeds immediately or would I need to wait until next season? My question is not about the length of ...
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What is the result of "unpredictable" cross-pollination of beets?

I inherited a community plot this summer along with a sprinkling of second-season plants which were overlooked at harvest in the fall. I have one beet which is currently bolting (do you say bolting ...
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How to start Gulmohar bonsai from seeds?

I have so many Gulmohar around. How can I use Gulmohar fruit/flower to start my own Gulmohar bonsai.
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How kill bugs/eggs on beans for planting

The beans (pole beans) that I save to plant the following year always end up with multiple holes from bugs by the time spring rolls around. The beans still sprout and grow fine, but I'd rather not ...
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What should I do with unplanted narcissus/daffodil onions outside of planting season?

I have 4-5 "new" narcissus onions on hand, but the planting season is over now (beginning of March). They should be sprouting now. Here is the exact variety. What should I do with them? Will I ...
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Can I save broad bean seeds before they're dry?

My broad bean plants are near end of their life. I planted them in autumn, and now we are half way through our first summer month. Many have been blown over by strong spring winds. The bean pods are ...
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Should I cut the top off of this bolting lettuce?

My garden is on a roof top in the South Bronx. I get a lot out of a little space, but I tend to only have one or two of each type of plant. Most advice I find is for terrestrial gardens with rows and ...
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How long do peanut seeds stay viable?

I'm wanting to get some peanut seeds to plant. However, I'm thinking about saving some that I buy now for next year (as well as harvesting my own to save). How long do the seeds generally stay viable?
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Brassicas seed saving

I plan on growing a few different brassicas such as cabbages and bok choy, and I'd like to collect seeds from these open pollinated varieties so that I don't have to keep buying seeds. How do I ...
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Storing Garlic for Seed

I've started growing garlic each year, with the idea being I'd store most of it for seed the next year to gradually increase the amount I was growing. Last year, I planted 100 cloves, and saved about ...
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What do globe amaranth seeds look like, and can I harvest them from dried flowers?

During this past summer I grew a plant with beautiful small, round, bright purple flowers that looked like puffballs. I was told it's called Globe Amaranth. Its height was about six inches, and much ...
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Can you save seeds from Zolushka potatoes grown from true potato seed (TTS)?

I'm wanting to grow potatoes that don't have any genes for cytoplasmic male sterility. In other words, I'm wanting potatoes that fruit like tomatoes (they actually do exist), productively, so I can ...
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Regrow beans from the garden

I grew some green pole beans (variety unknown) this year from commercial seed, and I'd like to harvest some seeds from the plants to regrow for next year. How do I do this? I tried just picking some ...
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Harvesting tomato seeds and planting the same year

I just saw this question: Harvesting sunflower seeds and planting the same year Now I wonder whether the same is valid for tomatoes, too? About a month ago, I started harvesting the first tomatoes of ...
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Harvesting sunflower seeds and planting the same year

I live in NY State and planted ~30 sunflower plants this year. I started them very early indoors so had early blooms - I've had seeds on the faded flower heads for ~ 4 weeks now. Is it possible to ...
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Can I grow a new crop of lettuce by saving and planting the whole unopened flower?

It's a lot of work to separate lettuce seeds from the chaff! So I am hoping someone else has already tried saving lettuce seeds by saving and planting the whole unopened flower head. Has anyone tried ...
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Will sunflower seeds that have been left out all winter germinate?

I forgot to remove a large sunflower before winter and after the snow hit I was unable to get to it. The seeds were left in the head all winter but the plant is high enough that it wasn't buried in ...
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How can I save seeds from a large, fast-growing arugula plant?

I planted arugula seeds in small containers. They are all so tiny, except one plant that grew very fast and looks dramatically healthier bigger and just different from the rest of them. It might be a ...
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What is a desiccant and is it helpful when saving annual Snapdragon seeds for the winter?

I live in Massachusetts and harvested some Snapdragon seeds to save for planting next spring. I've never done this, but have been told to let them dry, seal them in something airtight such as an ...
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How long should I dry fresh seeds from solanaceae, cucurbitaceae and other families, before storing?

I'm collecting a bunch of wet seeds (tomatoes, tomatillos, zucchini, peppers, cantaloupe, cucumber, winter squash, etc.) I'm drying them out for storage. I have to dry them indoors, with only a ...
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Can I grow pineapple plants from seed, rather than crowns?

The other day, as I was eating pineapple, I noticed that it was full of seeds (see pic below for what they look like). I have grown plants from the crowns on top of the fruit (even a couple patented ...
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How can I save seeds from strawberries?

I'm interested in knowing how to save the seeds of the common strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa. At which point in the ripening of the fruit are strawberry seeds ready to be harvested, and how are they ...
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Can I save the berries from a Big Blue Liriope (Liriope muscari) and plant them next spring?

I have a big blue liriope (Liriope muscari) in my yard, and the flowers have changed to berries. I imagine the normal propagation method is to split the adult plant after it grows large enough, but if ...
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How do I save lilac seeds?

I know it's possible, because that's how people come out with new hybrids, but how does one go about saving the seeds of a lilac? Specifically, I have the straight species of Syringa vulgaris, and ...
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Can I save the seeds of Maiden Grass?

I have some Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' growing, and I've always propagated it by division. I'm interested to start some from seed, as this will produce a large, uniform crop, even if it takes ...
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How do you collect and keep cucumber seeds for planting the next year?

So I see there are seeds in cucumbers. But they're always so soft that I don't notice them when I eat the cucumbers. I'm assuming that means the seeds are just young and not ready to be collected yet ...
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