How to Save Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) Seeds
Seed Saving Guide #2724
Binomial name: Pastinaca sativa
|Flower Type||Perfect, self-fertile|
|Population Required for Viable Seeds||5|
|Population Required to Maintain Variety||20-50|
|When to Harvest||In the second season, when seeds are dry and change colour from green to tan.|
|How to Harvest||
Cut the stalks about 10cm below the umbels and spread them on a wire screen for a further 5-14 days to dry. Gently rub the seed heads between gloved hands to release the seeds.
|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.