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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 the pods are completely dry, and the beans are hard, you can save them for storage. If the foliage is still healthy and green, leave the pods on the plants. ...


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Basil will self pollinate, but I guess you might need to manually spread the pollen around yourself, given the lack of insects indoors (I'm not sure). Every single flower on my perennial basil seemed to be successfully pollinated this year without effort on my part, but I have had bees helping out mightily. After the flowers wilt and the stems carrying ...


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I have looked at several sites, including the forums on gardenweb.com and have found that viability of bean seeds varies greatly based on the variety and the manner of storage. Most of those who claimed 80%+ viability of their beans after five years stored their beans in a freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. According to SmartGardener, Blue Lake Bush Beans ...


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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 and feed the developing seeds and is connected to them by the funiculus as seen in the second image. Initially, the developing seed (bean) obtains its storage ...


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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 radiator/heater (too hot). If you have a cupboard for storage (is that called a pantry? I am non-native English speaker), that would be the ideal place. The ...


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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 basic answer: We'll first go into pollination. There are: Self-pollinated plants Insect-pollinated plants wind pollinated plants Let's look at self pollinated ...


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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 intentionally cross-pollinated plant seed initially but if you save seeds from that, you'll not get the same plant from those seeds. But you can save them if you ...


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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 Zucchini or Cucumbers completely harden up (develop a rind) and change to full ripe color, ie leave it on the vine till the vine's nearing death. Winter Squash tend ...


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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 bush grow! From Garden Guides: When growing seeds from a lilac, two things are of utmost importance. First, make sure you’re not harvesting seeds from a ...


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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 to be organised, you won't be able to use seeds that fell on the ground (too hard to find), so you'll have to use what you can come up with out of the old heads. ...


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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 all. The other thing is that you won't know the genetics of that seed. Producing seed takes growing identical plants in a big group, ideally in a hermetically ...


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If you want to be able to collect seeds from year-to-year indefinitely without a decline in the health (genetics) of your basil population, you should collect seed from at least 20 plants. You will also want to be careful to select seed from only the "best"1 plants. If you collect seed from weaker plants then you are not removing weak genes from the pool ...


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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 morphological dormancy because the embryo is not fully developed when the fruit ripens, so a period of warm stratification is required to complete maturation. ...


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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 the seed pods open to get the seeds out. Store them in a cool, dry place til next planting season. If possible, pull the seeds from at least 5-7 different plants, ...


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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 time at room temperatures of between 68-86 degrees F. (20-30 C.), the bulbs will begin to degrade, soften, and shrivel. For long term storage, garlic should be ...


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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 open so that bees and any other pollen transporting insects are preventing from getting to them. For covering the flowers only, try such items as: Toilet ...


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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 in summer, so if you got all the way to fall you did well. Seed saving for lettuce probably makes very little sense with your garden size - indeed, you might ...


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The onions are planted from bulb to early April, the distance of planting should be 10-15 cm from plant to plant, and 15-20 cm between rows, each bulb will grow from a single onion. The harvest of onions is from August to September when the leaves turn yellow and bend on the ground, once removed from the ground onions can be left on the ground to dry them ...


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Keep in mind that the seeds of hybrid lilies may or may not look like their parents. Species lilies will have children that closely resemble the parents. It can be hard to tell the difference between a hybrid and a species but if this is for fun it doesn't really matter. Pods should be harvested when they start to go brown and dry out, usually the autumn. ...


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Okay, if they're all the same variety, assuming normal pollination occurs, you should get a good number of viable seeds from just one plant, so if you want to continue cropping, pinch out the flowers from half your crop as you have been doing, and let the other half go to seed. Although most likely, you will only need to let about 1-3 plants seed, but just ...


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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 are they removed and cleaned? There are several methods people use to remove them: scraping them off with knife or fingernails, mashing up the strawberry and ...


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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 around that time. So, I ended up removing the entire lettuce plant and replacing it with something else since space is always limited.


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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 they are too crowded - it will take a few years until they divide that much to become crowded. If you don't plant the bulbs, they might shrivel too much and die ...


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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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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-kitchen-scraps/


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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 a little more green. I whack off the top and plant it. Nearly all varieties of my lettuce and celery grow from a store cutting. All onions, potatoes and ...


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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 for 10 minutes to remove germination inhibitors. Rinse with a mild soapy solution to remove bleach residue. Then I lay them on the surface of damp seed starting ...


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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 extracting the seeds. Do they require special cleaning (I wonder because of the enzyme content of the fruit)? Rinsing in water and drying on a towel. How long do ...


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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 will need to keep a close eye on them.


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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 immediately and dying when winter comes before it can produce the next generation of seed. A few odd seeds may sprout, but they will be in the extreme minority. ...


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