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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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Do vegetable seeds have a shelf life?

Yes, all seeds have an average "life span", but the length varies between species and is greatly influenced by storage conditions like temperature, humidity and light. As a rule of thumb, dry, cool ...
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What are these small brown curved seeds?

They look like Lunaria (Money Plant) seeds to me. They could be one of many other species, but I'd bet on Money Plant. They're often traded because of their easy culture and their novelty factor. You ...
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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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What does soaking hot pepper seeds in weak tea accomplish?

The aim of it is to mimic the action of a bird's intestines prior to pooing out the seed - many seeds which pass through a bird's digestive system germinate more readily, because the outer coating of ...
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If I save seeds from sweet million cherry tomatoes will I get more sweet million tomatoes

Sweet Million are an F1 variety, so will not come true. Seeds saved from their first year may grow what are known as F2 types, which may be quite close to the original F1 Sweet Million, but any seed ...
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What to do with 250 seeds!

Seed lasts quite a while. It is said at least 30 percent of your seed is non viable the next year but I've seen maybe 10 percent or really normal germination. Keep your excess seed in the dark, ...
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Large seed pod from Mediterranean region - identification

Looks a lot like a Jacaranda seed pod. Image from wikimedia. Looks like Jacaranda is native to Malta, and at least grows in Cyprus. It's also common in the San Francisco area.
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Does keeping lettuce seeds in an open package affect their viability?

Yes, this will affect the seeds' viability but depending on your climate, it may not be enough to worry you. In general, lettuce seeds last about 2-5 years. If your climate is hot and humid, the ...
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Should I save seeds from corn suckers?

What you have there is referred to as a tassel-ear. You are correct that corn is a monecious flower, but the way it develops is a little different. When the flower (both tassel and ear) first form ...
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Do I plant miniature hot peppers whole or cut them open and plant just the seeds?

What I have done is open up the peppers and then clean and dry the seeds out. I subsequently store the seeds and plant them at the appropriate time in the season. In my case I plant them indoors in ...
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Can I grow a cherry tree from seed without stratification?

Cherry seeds need both warm and cold stratification to overcome the seed's dormancy. But you can germinate fresh cherry seeds using the plant hormone Gibberellic acid. In March 1969, partially ...
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How to make curly parsley produce seeds?

Parsley is an umbellifer and a biennial. This says that the flowers are produced in umbrella-like clusters and its growth takes two years to complete; in the first year it focuses on growing a solid ...
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What is this brown seed pod found under a large evergreen tree?

This is Casuarina equisetifolia or "Australian Pine". It's an invasive species from Australia. See Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Here's a nice anecdote by someone else who was ...
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What is this brown, 4-pointed seed pod?

These are seeds from Trapa natans or "Water Caltrop" or "European Water Chestnut". You're good at finding invasive plant seeds! :)
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Help identifying fern-like plant

I think it could be a baby conifer tree. Those seem to have multiple bright green cotelydons and look sort of like that. I found a couple of pictures on the internet that didn't look exactly like the ...
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Is there a difference between seeds that are for planting vs sprouting? If so, what are they?

There is a difference, which is that typically the vegetable garden planting packet variety of seeds are selection is controlled. Plant vendors grow specific varieties of plants to be sold in food ...
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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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Can maize reproduce itself without human help?

Domestic corn or maize needs humans to be successful From gardeningchannel.com "Corn vs. Maize, What’s the Difference?" What’s the difference between corn and maize? Not much! Corn and ...
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What is the best way to germinating seeds in compost?

re: "Any tips how can I do so (i.e.: have a higher [genermination] success rate)?" Ensure your compost is well decomposed. If it is too hot or it contains too much tannins from unfinished ...
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What is this bush with small yellow flowers and an orange substance in the stems?

This is definetively Chelidonium majus or greater celandine. In the US it's a neophyte, probably imported by early settlers that used the orange milk to treat warts1 and other skin conditions. It ...
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Do I need to wait a year before harvesting garlic?

Garlic is grown from cloves and not from seed. You plant individual cloves and these form bulbs. You then save the largest bulbs to plant the cloves the following year. This is because soft neck ...
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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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What is the best way to germinating seeds in compost?

Spinach and Nigella do not require heat to germinate and the success rate is higher in cooler conditions - spinach is usually sown directly out doors, as soon as the soil can be worked, around 6 weeks ...
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Can I start Cannabis sativa out of edible husked seeds bought in grocery store

Are you absolutely certain that the seeds you've bought are Cannabis sativa? I'd be very surprised if they are, they're much more likely to be Cannabis indica, commonly known as hemp seeds, and they ...
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What plant does this seed pod shaped like a bulb with tendrils come from?

That is an unripe seed pod of Nigella damascena, also known as love-in-a-mist. It is a common garden annual, partly so because it is attractive through various stages, from bloom to seeding. Also, it ...
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What is this plant/seedling growing from hard, oval, mottled-brown seeds?

That's a castor bean, Ricinus communis. Seeds. If you have winter, they'll grow 10-14' (3-3.5 meters) in a year, with nice ball shaped flowers/seed pods. In regions without winter, they can grow to ...
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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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Is there a difference between seeds that are for planting vs sprouting? If so, what are they?

There are specific radish varieties they have for sprouting (whether or not seeds sold as sprouting radishes are always varieties specific for sprouting; from CloneZero's answer it sounds like they're ...
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