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30/10/2013 at 18:41

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?




30/10/2013 at 18:46

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

30/10/2013 at 18:48

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.

30/10/2013 at 19:14

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


30/10/2013 at 19:22

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.

30/10/2013 at 19:32

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.

30/10/2013 at 19:51

Thank you for the advice nutcutlet and KEF

see I am clueless

30/10/2013 at 20:46

I use the cheap brown paper money envelopes and am putting them in a dark cool cupboard. First year of proper seed collecting

31/10/2013 at 09:41

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.

31/10/2013 at 10:15

Haha found what I was looking for

so I thought I would refresh it 


31/10/2013 at 11:15

You won't have a problem germinating dahlias James

31/10/2013 at 11:37

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

31/10/2013 at 14:24
i have dahlias grown from seed from seed many times and they have made fair sized tuber for next year.
31/10/2013 at 14:57

I agree, you get a large plant very quickly

31/10/2013 at 17:19

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


20/11/2013 at 14:59

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.

  1. How early should the pods be removed from the plants? I took some off a month ago and some last week when I took up the finished plants.
  2. When should the beans be removed from the pod? I have taken a few out just to inspect them - they do not yet have a hard, glossy dark 'skin' yet but are still white and tender.
  3. Should they be dried in the pod i.e. until the pod itself goes dry?
  4. Will they dry more effectively to the familiar glossy dark 'skin' outside the pod?
  5. When and how should I plant these for next year? ie in the ground, or started off in pots?
20/11/2013 at 15:11

 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



20/11/2013 at 20:05

Thanks for the info Nut.

Live and learn!  


20/11/2013 at 23:27

I find an endless supply of things to learn Birdy

21/11/2013 at 09:07

Just as you think you've lived long enough to learn everything, you start forgetting it all  

Or so Ma tells me 

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