How to Save Broad Bean (Vicia faba) Seeds
Seed Saving Guide #2694
Binomial name: Vicia faba
|Flower Type||Perfect, self-fertile|
|Pollination||Self-pollinated and insect pollinated|
|Other Isolation Methods||Isolation cages.|
|Population Required for Viable Seeds||1|
|Population Required to Maintain Variety||10-25|
|When to Harvest||When pods become brittle and change colour from green to black.|
|How to Harvest||
Cut individual pods from the plant; spread on wire racks to dry further if needed. Shell seeds from individual pods by hand or place multiple pods into a sack and gently tread on them to release the seeds.
|How to Clean||
Screen or winnow to remove remaining stalks and chaff if required.
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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.