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Do potatoes produce seeds that you can store and/or replant?

Most potatoes, as far as I know, have the ability to flower and set fruit. The fruits, known as berries, are small green globes reminiscent of tomatoes, which makes sense seeing as how they're in the ...
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Can I save broad bean seeds before they're dry?

Once the foliage dies back, the beans are mature, but must be dried. If you can't or don't want to dry them on the stalk, pull or cut the stems and hang them by the bases in a dry, airy place. Once ...
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Do potatoes produce seeds that you can store and/or replant?

The tubers that are used for "seed potatoes" are grown and harvested exactly the same way as other potatoes, except for one thing. Like other members of the same plant family (e.g. tomatoes),...
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Can I save broad bean seeds before they're dry?

The pod is considered a specialised leaf structure, and in the Fabaceae family are formed from a single carpel, whereas in Brassica species it is formed from two fused carpels. Its role is to protect ...
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How should I store wildflower seeds embedded in a piece of cotton, for several months before planting?

What a nice gesture of this animal hospital, sorry to hear about your loss. The best way to keep these seeds is in a dry and cool environment. So not in the fridge (too much moist), and not above the ...
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How do you collect and keep cucumber seeds for planting the next year?

Pumkins, squash and cucumbers all are pretty easy to propagate by seed. The important part is letting the fruit ripen thoroughly so the seeds finish formation. So, you have to let one of your ...
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What are the basics to collect seed from the vegetable garden?

Why are heirloom varieties best for saving seed? They aren't hybridized, so their offspring will be very similar genetically, to the original stock, if good techniques are implemented. So, for the ...
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What are the basics to collect seed from the vegetable garden?

I'm going to assume that you're wanting to save open pollinated seeds. There's a difference between GMO, "hybrid" and "open pollinated" seeds. While you can save hybrid seeds, you're getting an ...
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Can I save the berries from a Big Blue Liriope (Liriope muscari) and plant them next spring?

Liriope muscari is rather challenging to grow from seed. For one thing, the pulp contains phenolic compounds which inhibit germination, so the seeds must be cleaned well before use. Seeds also have a ...
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How do I save lilac seeds?

Growing lilacs from seeds isn’t easy, but it can be done. It can take up to three or four years for a seed-propagated lilac to bloom, though, so you’ll have to be patient and just enjoy watching the ...
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Will sunflower seeds that have been left out all winter germinate?

If they're still there (not eaten, bored into, etc), then yes, they will grow. I have sunflowers naturalized along the woods' edge in one spot. They return year after year on their own. If you want ...
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Should I cut the top off of this bolting lettuce?

Bolting in the fall is the normal time for lettuce to go to seed. To gather seed is a bigger more complicated task. If you didn't purchase viable seed or if that seed is GMO just will not work at ...
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Regrow beans from the garden

Yes, you need to leave them on the plant longer. We eat green beans when they are still immature. To harvest for seed, leave the pods on the plant until they are dry and brittle. You can then crack ...
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Storing Garlic for Seed

One opinion here http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/garlic/save-garlic-next-year.htm Proper storage is also crucial when saving garlic stock for planting. While garlic will keep for a short ...
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Brassicas seed saving

I guess you can do it as for other varieties? http://seedworld.com/cross-pollination-8/ Cover the flower heads. This technique (also known as "bagging") will need to be done before the flowers ...
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Should I cut the top off of this bolting lettuce?

Taste it. Usually when lettuce bolts it's time to pull the plant, as it turns horribly bitter. If you like bitter lettuce that may not be a problem for you. It commonly happens as the weather heats up ...
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How can I save seeds from strawberries?

At which point in the ripening of the fruit are strawberry seeds ready to be harvested For best results you should harvest the seeds when the fruit is fully ripe or starting to go a bit mushy. how ...
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Can I save the berries from a Big Blue Liriope (Liriope muscari) and plant them next spring?

I have had very high germination rates by collecting big blue seed in fall, soaking overnight, then completely removing the berry (Wear gloves). Then they soak in a 1/10 ratio bleach water solution ...
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Should I cut the top off of this bolting lettuce?

Unless you are interested in harvesting seeds, it makes sense to cut off the top. I had to do that for my lettuce as well. I also noted that the leaves from the lettuce started tasting bitter right ...
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What should I do with unplanted narcissus/daffodil onions outside of planting season?

Plant them now, although I doubt you'll get any flowers this year. Don't remove the leaves before they completely fade. You can keep the bulbs in the ground without taking them out every year until ...
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Do potatoes produce seeds that you can store and/or replant?

There are already good general answers to this question, but I will add a couple of specifics. La Ratte is male and female fertile variety, so it is capable of producing seeds without a pollinator. ...
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What vegetables/seeds/fruits at the grocery store can be viably replanted?

I know I start nearly every garden from store leftovers. I buy organic rainbow carrots and an "Alaskan-grown" orange variety I don't know. Right before the time they get old and rubbery, most sprout ...
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What vegetables/seeds/fruits at the grocery store can be viably replanted?

I just put the seed in the ground, and if they turn out to be really good I save the seed. I have store bought garlic I have been growing for 20 years.
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What vegetables/seeds/fruits at the grocery store can be viably replanted?

Here is a good infographic that describes using scraps to regrow onions, celery, ginger, garlic, mushroom, potatoes, and pineapple: https://realfarmacy.com/food-that-magically-regrows-itself-from-...
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Can I grow pineapple plants from seed, rather than crowns?

I don't know the answer to all of your questions but I will try to answer what I can. What's the most efficient way to remove them from the fruits? Cutting the pineapple into small chunks and ...
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How can I save seeds from a large, fast-growing arugula plant?

Arugula seeds are found in seed pods, which should be left on the plant until dry and then removed. If left on the plant for too long after drying the pods will crack and disperse the seeds, so you ...
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Harvesting sunflower seeds and planting the same year

Based on this abstract Sunflower seeds are dormant at harvest time. They need a period of cold conditions to break this dormancy. It's a biological mechanism to prevent the plant from sprouting ...
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Can you save seeds from Zolushka potatoes grown from true potato seed (TTS)?

I can't tell you whether your Zolushka potato seeds will grow into plants that produce fruit readily or not - whilst potato plants may flower, they often do not produce fruit, the flower just withers. ...
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Brassicas seed saving

Cover the plants with lightweight fabric or row covers, and hand pollinate them yourself. It's a lot of work, and keep in mind that brassicas are biennial so you'll have to wait until year 2 to get ...
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Can I harvest and plant vegetable seeds in the same season?

Note: often harvesting and seeding is not done in the same periods, also on nature. We harvest early, and seeds are not quickly planted. Usually they stay much time in the flower, than they fall, but ...
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