How to Save Squash, Pumpkin (Cucurbita argyrosperma) Seeds
Seed Saving Guide #2728
Binomial name: Cucurbita argyrosperma
|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 the fruit is a large size and changes colour slightly, the rind is hard to dent with a fingernail and the fruit stems are dry. Leave fruit to mature for 20 days after picking before harvesting seeds.|
|How to Harvest||
Cut fruit in half and scoop out the seeds, separating them from the pulp as much as possible.
|How to Clean||
Rinse seeds thoroughly to separate them from the pulp, then spread them on a screen or plate to dry.
|Image of Seeds|
May cross-pollinate with other Cucurbita argyrosperma plants including some varieties of squash and gourd. Harvested seeds can be soaked for several hours to help separate them from the pulp.
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.