What crops do you keep for the seeds?

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What crops do you keep for the seeds?

Postby Elmigo » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:04 pm

After harvesting the leaves I kept my bok choy plants in the container. I even got to harvest some more leaves before they started to flower. It takes a while to get the seeds from there, yet I did it anyway. What crops do you consider worth the waiting, if any, and why?
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Re: What crops do you keep for the seeds?

Postby alan refail » Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:45 pm

Open-pollinated tomatoes, cucumber and beans.
Why? Because you don't ever have to buy seed in the future. (Cucumber only works if you grow one, and only one, variety)
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Re: What crops do you keep for the seeds?

Postby Primrose » Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:17 pm

Tomatoes, beans, chillies and peppers. These all work for me.
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Re: What crops do you keep for the seeds?

Postby Elmigo » Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:46 pm

Reason I'm asking is that some crops only give seeds after flowering while others have seeds in the fruits you pick. The first will take up space only for seeds and no edible harvest. And for me space is already very limited :lol: It's only that bok choy already has produced seed pods so I keep it there to harvest. Also, some plants' seeds may not grow into plants that are similar to the parent plant. Some plants (don't know which ones) may even get different color and size fruits if you use the seeds of them!
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Re: What crops do you keep for the seeds?

Postby Diane » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:28 pm

I always keep seeds from tomato (as long as it's not a hybrid), beans, peas and not forgetting the dark sunflowers which alwas seem to come true to last year's colours.
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