HOW TO GET SEEDS FOR FREE
A beautiful bag of seeds with a gorgeous photo on the front side and three-digit numbers telling about the harvest - on the back does not always mean that you have purchased what you were looking for. It so happens that the variety is not at all the same, the fruits are much smaller, and sometimes the seeds do not germinate at all. You can blame the manufacturer, or the seller, or yourself, but it's best not to hope for a chance, but to get the seeds yourself. How? Let's tell
First, decide which crops you want to multiply for the next year by sowing seeds of your own production, and having decided on the crops, decide which plants are suitable for this.
You should not rush to choose seed plants... Those who choose them at random are very mistaken. It is necessary to take a closer look at the selected plant, whether everything is in order with it, whether the plant is affected by dangerous viral diseases, whether the fruits have mutations.
Plants are often chosen for seeds that vegetate longer (obviously there will be more harvest), bloom later than everyone else, but such strict rules have their exceptions.
Take cauliflower, for example. We grow both her and broccoli because of the flowers, so it's better to choose not late and lagging behind others (otherwise we will wait a hundred years for the harvest), but those that ripen earlier than others.
Concerning root crops, for example, everyone's so beloved early radish, then choose with your heart, soul, eyes and stomach. Examine the roots dug out of the ground, suddenly you will like one or a couple of the largest, but at the same time juicy and appetizing. Do you want the whole crop to consist of these root vegetables? Then feel free to leave them for seeds! In fact, the same applies to turnips (alas, grown less and less often), and to beets, and, of course, to the Russian beauty of carrots.
Of course, all of the above applies to "pure" varieties. Quite a different matter hybrydы, many probably saw an insidious symbol on the package with seeds F1... It is the fruit of the crossing of two parents; sowing such seeds, you can get completely inedible fruits, small or even not get them at all.
Many will say - this does not threaten me, I do not plant hybrids, but then Mother Nature will take the floor - she herself can make adjustments by crossing her parents in your garden with invisible hands. In this case, even seeds of pure varieties will become unusable.
You can avoid such troubles by increasing the distance between plantings of pumpkin and zucchini, different varieties of sweet corn, two types of beets, tomatoes, eggplants and peppers (the latter, by the way, can spoil the harvest if you plant a bitter one next to a sweet one).
Compliance with these rules will allow you to get high-quality, viable seeds with a high degree of probability.... The main thing is not to rush to remove the parts of the plant containing them, let the testes of the cucumbers warm up in the sun for a longer time, and let the boxes, pods and cobs sway in the wind.
Store seeds away from possible damage or complete destruction by rodents.
The best is a cool dry place in tightly closed packages. If storage is supposed to be longer than six months, then containers with seeds must be periodically opened for ventilation, stirred, checked for harmful insects, and sometimes even etched.
Even after removing, tearing off, cutting off the testes, you should not rush to open them - bring them into a warm room and leave them for a couple of days. The seeds should easily spill out of their natural "storage", it is necessary to slightly open the pod, as they roll out onto the table, well, the cobs will easily give away the grains under a little finger effort.
We also recommend reading: How to harvest and store seeds from their plants
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© Author: Nikolay Khromov
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