How to Save Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) Seeds

Seed Saving Guide #2724
Family: Apiaceae
Binomial name: Pastinaca sativa

Flower Type Perfect, self-fertile
Pollination Insect pollinated
Isolation Distance 500m
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.

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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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