How to Save Endive (Cichorium endivia) Seeds

Seed Saving Guide #2762
Family: Asteraceae
Binomial name: Cichorium endivia

Flower Type Perfect, self-fertile
Pollination Self-pollinated
Isolation Distance 3m
Population Required for Viable Seeds 1
Population Required to Maintain Variety 5-10
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.

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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. 

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