How to Save Orach (Atriplex hortensis) Seeds

Seed Saving Guide #2723
Family: Amaranthacea
Binomial name: Atriplex hortensis

Flower Type Monoecious (male and female flowers on the same plant), self-compatible
Pollination Wind pollinated
Isolation Distance 1000m
Population Required for Viable Seeds 1
Population Required to Maintain Variety 5-25
When to Harvest When the seeds change colour and are dry and papery.
How to Harvest

Cut branches bearing seeds, spread on a wire rack and dry for a further 10 days to ensure seeds are completely dry. Gently rub the branches between hands to release the seeds.

How to Clean

Remove stalks by hand.

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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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