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Anybody save seed?
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Tom A    Posted 01-07-2003 at 06:11:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We started saving our own seed a couple of years back, and are just starting to get successful with it. It has grown from just the tomatoes to several veggies and flowers.

Anybody else do the same? Have any interesting varieties?

We have saved and used several types of tomatoes, squash, peppers, potatoes, sunflower, poppy, black eyed susan...probably more that I just don't remember.

My retired farmer neighbor tells me they used to save their own field corn, but that every few years the neighbors would trade ears to keep from too much inbreeding and disease. Same with the potatoes.

Tom A

shaker    Posted 01-08-2003 at 06:03:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
ive heard hybrid seeds wont produce fruit or poor
fruit has anybody seen this? the seeds to save
are called heirlooms.

Tom A    Posted 01-08-2003 at 08:42:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
True, *most* hybrids won't produce true although with a lot of work and continued breeding sometimes you can get them to produce good plants. Heirlooms or Open Pollinated are the ones to save.

gatractorman    Posted 01-08-2003 at 01:33:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We've tried to save seed from watermelons but they never do very good also my parents tried some tomatoe seeds and they came back as the small cherry tomatoes dont know what were doing wrong but obviously something.

Lynch in E.TX    Posted 01-07-2003 at 16:09:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I always set-up my best tomato plants so that i get vollunteers to come up...they are the best. Save seed from our melons and squash...and real hot peppers. Lynch

ol Henry    Posted 01-07-2003 at 07:21:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello Tom
Yes I save seeds, not anything special but I have some popcorn, pole bean,watermellon and dipper gourd seed that I usually save.

Also have some winter onions that have been growing on the north side of the house for several years, would that count? I recently found some old okra seed in a jar that I put away about 20 year ago, I doubt if they are any good but I think I will plant them this spring and see if they will come up,might be a record if they are still good.


soak some of the okra seeds in...    Posted 01-07-2003 at 17:24:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
..water for about two weeks before planting them in a seeding nursery pot. Soak the others, as an extreme mesure, in hormone pouder with water. It wouldn't hurt to try.

Les    Posted 01-07-2003 at 07:12:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
The only seed we save is French's Horticultural Beans. Been the same thing since my grandfather's time...maybe before.
BTW, if you have never had them, you otta. They are simply the best.

WallSal55 -    Posted 01-07-2003 at 07:07:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I save Rudbeckia, Hollyhock, Cosmos,
and Coreopsis. These are perennial flowers which
is the mainly what I deal with due to our soil
in our yard. I find these the easiest to grow
just by scattering seed. I am interested to know
if there are anymore perennials this easy to
I also save Marigold seeds.

Ray    Posted 01-07-2003 at 06:58:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We save watermelon and cantelope, bell pepper and loufa, gourd and a handful of others. Try to add new varieties every year. Oh yeah and pumpkin as well.

Ron/PA    Posted 01-07-2003 at 06:33:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
We save a few top notch seeds, but now if you try to save some corn, or soybean seed you may be sued by ADM.
It's a good practice to save the seed of a bumper crop.

Cindi    Posted 01-07-2003 at 06:24:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We save our silver queen corn and occasinally if we get an exceptional batch of watermelons, tomatoes, etc. It's a realy good practice, saves time and money. We start ours out in seedling cups though, not right in the ground.

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