How to Save Chicory (Cichorum intybus) Seeds
Seed Saving Guide #2705
Binomial name: Cichorum intybus
|Flower Type||Perfect, self-fertile|
|Population Required for Viable Seeds||5|
|Population Required to Maintain Variety||20-50|
|When to Harvest||After flowering when no petals remain on the seed heads and they change colour from green to brown.|
|How to Harvest||
Cut branches bearing seed heads and dry on a plate or in a container for 10-14 days. Collect any seeds that are released. Rub stems between hands or roll over stems with a rolling pin to release the seeds.
|How to Clean||
Screen or winnow to remove remaining stalks and chaff.
|Image of Seeds|
Cross-pollinates with some varieties of endive (Cichorum intybus).
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.