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Drying Seed
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Dreamweaver    Posted 11-09-2001 at 13:40:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Are any of yall drying your own seed, or do most of you buy it each spring?

Tom A    Posted 11-10-2001 at 08:11:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Have been saving some seeds for several years--have some heirloom tomatoes from a friend's mother we've been saving for quite some time. The past 3 or 4 years we've started saving more and more different stuff, mostly veggies but some flowers lately. Have had good luck so far with almost everything we've tried except for this year's sunflowers.

I selected last year's tallest, biggest sunflower to save...they produced these enormous plants this year (probably over 12' or 15') with nice looking heads, but every seed in them was hollow--no germ inside! Not sure what went wrong, but that was a first for us.


IHank    Posted 11-09-2001 at 20:49:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
DW- I've done that trick several times. There's some voodo science involved. Here in the upper Midwest a period of freezing is part of seeds surviving to germinate in the spring.

One case was when my son cut up a huge pumpkin and wanted to try growing one next year. Another was when I wanted grow again next year some peppers.

Both times I wrapped the seeds in a paper towel and let 'em lay around for a week to dry out. From there I put 'em in zip lock sandwich bags and into the freezer for the winter.

The next spring everything germinated and grew just fine. I don't understand what's going on, just know that partial drying and then freezing worked here.

Now, for plants that don't grow in cold climates the freezer procedure might be all wrong. Good luck, IHank

Cowboy Joe    Posted 11-09-2001 at 18:29:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
DW - Where have you been hiding these days? Haven't seen you around these parts.

Dreamweaver    Posted 11-09-2001 at 20:12:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey CJ - I've been around, but have had a hard time getting on the board for a few days. How are things with you?

CJ    Posted 11-10-2001 at 09:40:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
DW - I'm fine. I had the same trouble as you getting on BORED (I mean board).

Les...fortunate    Posted 11-09-2001 at 14:08:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The only thing we save year to year is French's Horticultural beans. The ones we still use are descended from ones my grandfather and, possibly, his father planted. I never met a bean I didn't like and these are the best IMHO.

Dreamweaver    Posted 11-09-2001 at 14:43:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Les, what kind of bean is that? I would like to try one year to save everything and dry it except maybe my sweet potatos.

Les    Posted 11-09-2001 at 17:57:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I did a little searching but couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. The link will take you to a page in Johnny's Select Seed catalog. That is an excellent place to buy seeds but I usually just buy mine at the local Agway. (Not sure if you have them down there.) Anyway, check out the "Tongue of Fire" beans. That is very similar to what I speak of. The beans are pretty to look at, both the pods and the beans, and can be eaten fresh or dried. They keep very well. For some reason mice don't eat them.

Alisa Keimel    Posted 01-15-2004 at 12:18:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The link provided in the previous post is wrong. For a listing of our beans, please visit our Home Garden website and on the left greeen panel, click on the beans you'd like view. We have many varieties.
The link to the Minishop store above is dead and no longer exists. Thank you! ~Johnny's Webmaster (1/15/04)

TomH    Posted 11-09-2001 at 16:20:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Quote from my favorite seed catalog (almost the time of year when the catalogs will start arriving already, yipes!):

An excellent shelling bean, renowned for its taste and shelling ease. We list this variety as a bush bean, although it produces runners for many customers. A very hardy bush bean, 18 tall, dependable and disease resistant. Preferred by many as a dry bean (90 days); however we recommend it as a shelling bean. Freezing and canning qualities are superior.

Dreamweaver    Posted 11-09-2001 at 17:27:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
They still have a couple of little country stores round here that sell different farmers' seed in mason jars, each labeled with the farmer's name. You know most of um, have seen their crops, and trust them. I prefer either drying my own or buying their's any day over commercially packaged seed.

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