Summer is the time to think about collecting your own seed from a variety of sources. This may be from plants growing in your own garden or from plants growing in the other places. Here are some ideas for collecting seeds.
- Collect seeds only when ripe.
- Some seeds will germinate if collected when slightly immature.
- Be alert – some seeds disperse quickly.
- Use paper bags to collect seed into – they don’t sweat.
- Sometimes you can spread a sheet under a shrub or tree so seed can drop, or be dropped, onto it.
- Collecting fern spores. Cut the frond and place directly into a bag.
- Dry seeds can be stored for sometime without cleaning.
- Fleshy fruit need to be cleaned as soon as possible. Flesh can be removed by pulping and washing in a sieve.
- Remove surplus material using suitable methods:
- Dry seeds - crush and remove husks by hand or using sieves or by blowing husks away.
- Fleshy seeds - pulp and wash.
- Sticky seeds - separate and use fine sand to keep separate.
- Store in a dry cool place. An old refrigerator is good.
- Pests and diseases. Seeds may need treatment to prevent infestation of pests and diseases
- Do not store for to long as seed viability deteriorates over time. Some seeds are viable for only a few weeks. If in doubt Google it.