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What do I do with the seeds I've collected now they are, well I think are dry
I’ve only got a small amount some Dahlias just in case my tubers don’t make it through the winter and some of those edible plants I can never remember the name big leafs with a pixy hat looking flower the seed look like dried walnuts got it Nasturtium bright Red but the caterpillars really enjoyed these as well any tips on keeping the little buggers of the plant also would be a great help.
I’ve put the seeds into small brown bags but do you put them in the fridge over the winter?
Also can anyone tell me the sowing instructions for the Dahlias please?
I don't put them in the fridge James, dahlias and nasturtium certainly germinate OK after a winter in a dry cupboard. I don't keep them in a hot place. Just cool house room.
I don't really like the idea of mixing seeds and food. I know a lot of mine aren't safe to eat
Anywhere cool and dry CG - no need to use the fridge. Paper bags are perfect. If any of them need stratificationm sow them now and bung them outside in a coldframe/cold GH or sheltered by a house wall etc. to keep the rain off. Quite a few seeds need to go through a cold spell before they'll germinate, or will have a better germination rate if they do.
Ok thank you Nutcutlet and bob
I did read some were that open packets of seeds should be stored in the fridge so you can see were I got the fridge thing from
Some people do store them in the fridge I believe. If my seeds didn't germinate I would look at my storage methods but they do. A lot are already set as Bob suggests above. Another lot to go in mid winter, then some in spring.
The ones that I save for spring are in paper bags / envelopes in a big plastic box with a lid . Stored under the stairs where it is cool / quite cold.
Thank you for the advice nutcutlet and KEF
see I am clueless
I use the cheap brown paper money envelopes and am putting them in a dark cool cupboard. First year of proper seed collecting
I use the return envelopes that come with junk mail, ok if you remember to label them.they are then stored in a Roses tin.
Haha found what I was looking for
so I thought I would refresh it
You won't have a problem germinating dahlias James
The only thing i would say about dahlias is that they do not come true from seed. You will however get all sorts of different colours some of which will be lovely
I agree, you get a large plant very quickly
I did notice they are a very greedy plant needing lots of water throughout the year
Is it true the Spanish used to eat them when they where first discovered
I have some seed collection questions specifically about runner beans:
I planted runner beans plants this year (don't know the variety) and had a very successful harvest; so I would like to grow next year's beans from from the seed of this year's successful plants.
Two or three weeks ago, well after the plants had stopped producing any beans that were good enough to eat, I collected in some of the best looking pods for the seeds for next year's plants.
You need to set aside some good pods early on and let them mature on the vine til the the end of the season
Yours won't turn into mature, dried beans now, Sorry Birdy
Thanks for the info Nut.
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I find an endless supply of things to learn Birdy
Just as you think you've lived long enough to learn everything, you start forgetting it all
Or so Ma tells me