How to Save Lettuce (Lactuva sativa) Seeds
Seed Saving Guide #2717
Binomial name: Lactuva sativa
|Flower Type||Perfect, self-fertile|
|Other Isolation Methods||Isolation bags (can also be used to collect seeds).|
|Population Required for Viable Seeds||1|
|Population Required to Maintain Variety||5-10|
|When to Harvest||When seed heads (called 'pappasus', similar to dandelion seed heads) emerge.|
|How to Harvest||
Pick the seeds from individual seed heads before they blow away in the wind, or place a bag over flowering branches and shake them to dislodge the seeds. Separate the seeds from the pappuses by rubbing them gently.
|How to Clean||
Screen and winnow to remove chaff.
|Image of Seeds|
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.