How to Save Beetroot (Beta vulgaris) Seeds
Seed Saving Guide #2693
Binomial name: Beta vulgaris
|Flower Type||Perfect, self-incompatible|
|Population Required for Viable Seeds||5|
|Population Required to Maintain Variety||20-50|
|When to Harvest||In the second year when about two-thirds of the seeds have turned from green to tan-brown.|
|How to Harvest||
Cut flower stalks and leave to dry for 7-14 days. Run hands along seed stalks to remove seeds.
|How to Clean||
Screen or winnow to remove remaining stalks and chaff.
|Image of Seeds|
A cold period of at least 10 weeks below 4°C is required for plants to produce seed. May cross-pollinate with other Beta vulgaris plants including some varieties of beetroot, silverbeet and mangel wurzel. Pollen is very fine, making isolation cages and paper bagging ineffective; only flowering plants need to be isolated from each other.
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.