Like many gardeners, I always have a slew of leftover seeds from my Spring planting, and I love to collect the seeds from my flower, and bell pepper bushes. So I’m left with the question; is it possible to save harvested seeds?
You betcha! If stored properly, you can save and store seeds for years. Here’s how I’ve learned to do it:
You can cut your seeds directly from the plant (if the seeds are visible…like on a flower) or you can simply store seed packets. If cutting them directly from the parent plant, cut the seeds and then place on a sheet of wax paper.
Next, you should allow your seeds to dry out for a week. If storing seed packets, you need not be worried about this as they are already dry.
After seeds have dried, it’s a good idea to remove any husks, or seed pods. Removing these is necessary to keep your seeds safe to use.
After the excess has been removed, store seeds in a paper envelope. Make sure the envelope is completely sealed before putting it away.
Come spring, you can plant these saved seeds in regular soil, or you can start them indoors by wrapping them in a warm, damp, paper towel. You should begin to notice sprouts in just a few days. Once sprouts form, you can move the seeds directly into the soil.
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