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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to separate seeds from chaff (husk)?

Personally I would start by picking out the large debris with my hand. From there, I've seen people take the seeds and place them in a shallow dish, tilt the dish, and gentle blow the chaff away - ...
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Can I harvest and plant vegetable seeds in the same season?

It's difficult to say with certainty for every kind of vegetable seed (they're not all identical). However, I can say with surety that domestic tomatoes don't have a dormancy period (at least the ...
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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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What should I consider before vacuum-sealing seeds for storage?

The enemies of seeds are: heat, light and humidity, by controlling these you can store some seeds for many years. Keep seeds at a cool to cold temperature of 40 degrees or less. Avoid fluctuations in ...
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What is the result of "unpredictable" cross-pollination of beets?

I've had both beets and chard naturalize in my garden, and the resulting hybrid is always more chard-like than beet-like. The chard grows like a weed, and is hard to stamp out, but the beet is more ...
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How can I harvest my own grass seed?

I simply used a shop vac. Just clean it out really good then turn it on and walk across your lawn in a sweeping motion accumulating the seeds.
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Can I grow pineapple plants from seed, rather than crowns?

I put down twenty pineapple seeds picked out of fruit. Placed in seedling box with lid sprinkled soil over. Only one came up but its been 2 months n starting to look good
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How long do peanut seeds stay viable?

Short question, short answer. Peanuts when harvested and stored properly can retain viability up to 3 years frozen, 1 year at room temperature. Longer viability correlates with low moisture content, ...
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Does it hurt to add salt to fermenting seeds?

I discovered some information that I consider a sufficient answer for the present. Based on this study wherein someone soaked seeds of various kinds in artificial seawater for about a month, and the ...
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How to remove spikes from Echinacea purpurea seeds?

I've put the dry seedheads in paper lunch bags and banged them on a table a bit. This loosens both the seeds and the spikes, though, so then I had to use an old cookie sheet and let gravity and a ...
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Growing Strawberry Tree from Fruit

Wikipedia says this about sprouting them from seed: "Propagation can be done via seed, layering, or cutting. The seed should undergo a one month cold stratification period, then soaked for 5 to 6 ...
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Will California poppy seeds mature off the host plant?

This USDA planting guide for California poppy has this information about seed collection, storage and planting (emphasis mine): Through the domestication process and the selection of horticultural ...
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What is the best way to gather seed from Monarda species?

When I collected monarda seed in the past, I picked the ripe seedpods, dried them, put them on an old cookie sheet that had a small raised edge, and then broke them up using a hammer and my fingers. ...
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What is the result of "unpredictable" cross-pollination of beets?

I use often my seeds, and usually you get good results. The specific characteristic are maintained. Just that you bought a certain variety and you will get possibly an other form. I found that ...
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What is the result of "unpredictable" cross-pollination of beets?

Using one's own seed from their vegetables will always be iffy. I don't know about chard and beets, I'd say that would be iffy and I'd go look up a lot more information. Doesn't affect the plant ...
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