Saving your own seeds can help you save money buying new packets, save time shopping for your favourite seeds, and will help you on the journey to self sufficiency. You’ve already given your plants the care and attention required to produce strong and healthy seeds, so don’t waste them!
- Collect seeds from your plants on a dry day.
- Dry the seeds by placing them on newspaper or kitchen towel and leaving them for up to seven days. If you have many different varieties of seed, keep them separate, and write their names on the paper beside them so you don’t forget.
- Store your seeds in an airtight container. Mason jars, glass canisters, and sealable plastic food bags are among the best options.
- If you’re storing multiple varieties of seed together, place the seeds in a paper pouch or envelope before storing them in your chosen receptacle.
- It’s important to remove all moisture from the seeds, and to prevent any from getting near them whilst in storage. You can add a sachet of silica gel to your jar or bag to help with this, but be sure to replace it every 3 to 6 months.
- Most seeds will last around 3 years. Be sure to label and date each batch.
- Seeds should be stored in a cool and dry place. Many people prefer to store seeds in a refrigerator, or in somewhere out of the way like a basement, or a cool cupboard.
- When preparing to plant your seeds, keep them sealed in their packaging until they have returned to room temperature.