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Newbie Question: Cucumber Seed Saving

If there are other cucumber plants 20 and 40 feet away from my seed harvesting will the seed be true to the original species or a crap shoot of cross pollinated offspring

Edit: I also have some habanero pepper seed, same question.

2 Comments
2023/10/01
12:31 UTC

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Could I put this in the freezer?

I want to store all my herb and vegetable seeds in ziplock packets that will be put into these containers, also could add a silica gel packet to each one if needed.

17 Comments
2023/09/28
05:38 UTC

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How do I harvest and store concord grape seeds?

First time gardening, wondering how to I harvest and store these concord grape seeds for when I eventually get a bigger place.

2 Comments
2023/09/27
21:03 UTC

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What seeds are these and can I sow these in the winter?

0 Comments
2023/09/27
17:48 UTC

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Marigold seeds

First time seed saver here… I just lopped off the dried heads from a marigold plant I had in my vegetable garden and pulled the seeds out. Since the heads were already dried up and the seeds feel dry, should I still leave them out to “dry” more before putting them away?

1 Comment
2023/09/22
20:49 UTC

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Does this look normal? Pepper seeds

Hi, I took Anaheim pepper seeds out of a pepper that had been on the counter for a few days. Put the seeds on a plate. Most are stuck to the plate now. Is this normal? I’m new. Thanks

3 Comments
2023/09/20
22:39 UTC

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ISO Nancy Wheat Purple Collard seeds

1 Comment
2023/09/15
09:22 UTC

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What could be an easy way to separate the seeds from this eggplant mess?

4 Comments
2023/09/06
14:53 UTC

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Over fermented tomato seeds, how viable are they?

This is my first year saving tomato seeds. I looked up some videos on YouTube months ago in preparation and remembered learning that they need to be fermented a week. (I then googled to double check after leaving them too long and saw it’s three days)

Well, quite honestly I got stressed and depressed and seeds weren’t in the front of my brain anymore. Mine fermented just shy of three weeks. The Roma seedlings started to sprout, and one or two here and there in my other jars started to sprout. I picked out the germinated ones and I have them drying but I worry they’re not going to be viable at all.

Does anyone with more experience have any opinions or advice?

3 Comments
2023/09/02
06:37 UTC

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scarifying methods

Hi guys. I'm wanting to scarify some seeds and was looking at ways to do it. Was just wondering if anyone had a good simple method ? Thanks in advance

8 Comments
2023/08/28
22:01 UTC

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Seed Harvesting

I was wondering if it makes a difference if you let the seed head dry then clean the seeds or if you clean the seeds then let them dry on their own? Thank you!

3 Comments
2023/08/28
16:32 UTC

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Why are my tomato seeds "fuzzy?" I used the fermentation process for 3 days.

4 Comments
2023/08/24
00:28 UTC

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Help with saving lettuce seeds?

My lettuce recently flowered, and some of the blooms now look like this:

https://preview.redd.it/yqbnsomr6xjb1.jpg?width=4912&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=00e15ffff8703f1d9a24ce7458d6267d1ed0bb4b

https://preview.redd.it/529ns3sv6xjb1.jpg?width=4912&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=06c80f0628b69e659f2e6699d148ffb32627f86b

I was wondering if I can just pluck the heads off and separate the seeds that way? Or is it too early to harvest the seeds if they look like this?

3 Comments
2023/08/23
20:31 UTC

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Fermenting tomato seeds

Hey There! I’ve been fermenting tomato seeds for the first time and was told to leave them in a clean glass with a bit of water for 3-5 days, until a layer of mold formed on top. Day 5 now. I was waiting for the layer of mold, but this mold doesn’t look like the mold in the picture I saw. Can I still use these seeds if I rinse and dry them or should I throw them out?

11 Comments
2023/08/23
10:24 UTC

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How to harvest zinnia seeds

What part of this flower is the seeds? What do they look like? This flower looks like it is about done flowering to me.

7 Comments
2023/08/22
16:11 UTC

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Question on saving hosta seeds

Hey guys, I've never saved seeds before, and am looking to save a few of my hosta seeds.

Can you take the pods off to dry? Or should you leave them on the plant for six ish weeks. Right now when I poked into one, I noticed that all of the seeds were still clear.

1 Comment
2023/08/13
12:30 UTC

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Do beets need to cross pollinate?

I'm growing some beets and I want to save seeds from them, so I'm planning on letting at least one plant overwinter to produce seeds next year. Will they be able to self pollinate if I only leave one plant, or do they need to cross pollinate? I've been doing a bit of reading, and I'm getting conflicting information. Can anyone here with experience saving beet seeds help me out?

1 Comment
2023/08/13
01:27 UTC

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Sunflower seeds too early?

2 Comments
2023/08/08
12:57 UTC

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What is this?

Buddy found this seed a long time ago. Maybe in FL. Can someone identify please?

5 Comments
2023/07/06
00:52 UTC

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Lesson in seed saving (corn)

I am a huge fan of Hooker's Sweet Corn, an heirloom variety, however this problem can affect any variety. I had intended on saving seed this year, have always purchased it previously. I had some problems finding it this year, not many people carrying it and I ordered it from a different seed supplier than I usually do. About 1/3 of the corn plants that came up were pure white! They looked like they didn't have any chlorophyll at all in them. Anyway, it turns out to be a genetic mutation and I was told by a University researcher that about 2/3 of the green (normal) plants will carry the genes for this genetic mutation. It is a "lethal" mutation, the white plants can't photosynthesize, so they die once they have used up the energy that was in the little kernel of corn they grew out of. Here's a little information on this if anyone is interested: http://pml.uoregon.edu/photosyntheticml.html

I'm glad that I checked into it before going through the effort of saving and growing from my own seed.

9 Comments
2023/06/03
07:01 UTC

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Please help me to ID these Western Australian, Perth Hills, Native Seeds. Yesterday, at Roley Pools, digging in the dirt, looking for dinosaurs. At first I thought these were tiny, pea gravel bits. Dog says not. They're seeds. Does any one know what will sprout from them and how to make it happen?

2 Comments
2023/05/27
04:49 UTC

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ISO loofah seeds. I have okra seeds to give away.

1 Comment
2023/05/04
14:10 UTC

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