How to Save Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) Seeds
Seed Saving Guide #2742
Binomial name: Allium schoenoprasum
|Flower Type||Perfect, self-fertile|
|Population Required for Viable Seeds||5|
|Population Required to Maintain Variety||20-50|
|When to Harvest||When seeds are black and the capsules containing seeds begin to split open.|
|How to Harvest||
Cut flower stems below umbels and dry in a paper bag or on a screen for 7-14 days until the seed heads are dry. Gently rub the capsules between hands to release the seeds.
|How to Clean||
Screen and winnow to remove chaff if necessary.
|Image of Seeds|
A cold period of 4-8 weeks below 13°C is required for plants to produce seed. Isolation may not be necessary if generic seeds (rather than a specific variety) are desired.
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.