What plants can we save seeds from?

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Saving seeds from a garden to sow in the future has numerous benefits. The most obvious one is that it can save a lot of money from repeated purchases. Another is that it secures gardeners’ access to their favorite niche varieties. 

Take tomatoes for example. Some folks say that the seeds of hybrid varieties cannot be saved since their genetics are unstable. However, saving seeds from this particular plant may still result in somewhat similar results with only little difference. 

Furthermore, saved tomato seeds are advised to be fermented in a jar along with its pulp. This process deactivates compounds that inhibit germination. But with more seeds than you need, this isn’t necessarily an important requirement. Plus, it removes the possibility of a smelly and painstaking job of removing the seeds one by one from the fermented pulp. 

Seed saving can also be done for hybrid chilies, peppers, and more which come from the same family.  

Although seed saving works on most varieties, there are some that aren’t cut out for the process. 

One example of this is squash. Plants in the squash and pumpkin family are capable of cross breeding with distant relatives that are planted several meters away. This means that saved seeds can be accidentally crossed with ornamental relatives and result in immensely bitter fruit that is unsafe to eat. 

Moreover, saving the seeds of carrots isn’t a wise thing to do because of their short life span. Without the correct drying and storage conditions, their ability to grow when sown into the ground is poor. 

Still, seed saving takes a lot of experimentation and could still produce unpredictable results. Gardeners can try this process as much as they want and learn from it over time. 

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