How to Save Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) Seeds
Seed Saving Guide #2740
Binomial name: Citrullus lanatus
|Flower Type||Monoecious (male and female flowers on the same plant), self-compatible|
|Other Isolation Methods||Hand pollination.|
|Population Required for Viable Seeds||1|
|Population Required to Maintain Variety||5-10|
|When to Harvest||When fruit is ripe; fruit can be left on the vine up to 20 days after ripening.|
|How to Harvest||
Keep seeds from eating the fruit, or place flesh in a bucket, mash it and add water; the seeds will fall to the bottom of the bucket and the flesh and water can be decanted.
|How to Clean||
Rinse seeds to remove any remaining flesh and spread them out on a plate to dry.
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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.