How to Save Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) Seeds
Seed Saving Guide #2689
Binomial name: Asparagus officinalis
|Flower Type||Dioecious (male and female plants)|
|Population Required for Viable Seeds||At least 1 male and 1 female|
|Population Required to Maintain Variety||20-50|
|When to Harvest||When berries turn red.|
|How to Harvest||
Pick individual berries from the plant when ripe and store in a warm, protected place for a few days to ensure fruits are mature. Blend berries with water in a blender fitted with a dough hook, pour into a large container and add more water. Agitate until seeds separate from the flesh and settle in the bottom of the container. Decant the water and flesh, leaving the seeds.
|How to Clean||
Rinse seeds thoroughly to remove all remaining pulp. Spread seeds out on a plate to dry
|Image of Seeds|
Asparagus can also be propagated vegetatively by lifting and dividing crowns.
What is Seed Saving?
Seed saving is the practice of collecting and storing mature seeds from open-pollinated plants. By allowing plants to reach full maturity and harvesting the seeds, they can be cleaned, dried, and stored for future use.