How to Save Swede (Brassica napus) Seeds
Seed Saving Guide #2736
Binomial name: Brassica napus
|Flower Type||Perfect, self-fertile|
|Population Required for Viable Seeds||1|
|Population Required to Maintain Variety||5-25|
|When to Harvest||In the second year when seed pods (siliques) dry and change colour from green to light tan.|
|How to Harvest||
Cut stalks with seed pods over a container or drop cloth to catch any seeds that are released. Spread seed pods on a cloth and leave to dry for 1-5 days. Rub seed pods between hands to break them open and release the seeds.
|How to Clean||
Screen or winnow to remove remaining stalks and chaff. If further cleaning is needed, roll seeds down a felt-lined ramp; the chaff will stick to the felt and the clean seeds can be collected at the bottom.
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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.