How to Save Eggplant (Solanum melongena) Seeds
Seed Saving Guide #2710
Binomial name: Solanum melongena
|Flower Type||Perfect, self-fertile|
|Pollination||Self-pollinated and insect pollinated|
|Other Isolation Methods||Cover flowers with paper bags.|
|Population Required for Viable Seeds||1|
|Population Required to Maintain Variety||5-20|
|When to Harvest||After fruit has ripened, its skin has become dull and its colour has taken on a yellow or brown tint.|
|How to Harvest||
Cut individual fruit from the plant. Cut flesh containing seeds into small cubes and process in a food processor with ample water. Decant several times removing any floating flesh each time and leaving the mature seeds which have settled on the bottom.
|How to Clean||
Rinse seeds thoroughly to remove any remaining flesh and spread on a plate to dry.
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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.