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How to save zucchini seeds?

Post  cheyannarach on 7/18/2012, 11:34 pm

I was just slicing up my first zuke of the year and it had large seeds in it. Di I just let them dry out and plant them next year? This was a transplant from a nursery that did not come with details but I thought it might be fun to see what pops up next year...

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Re: How to save zucchini seeds?

Post  CapeCoddess on 8/1/2012, 10:40 am

I would like to know the answer to this also. I was given some Patti Pan and would like to save the seeds, but they are all covered in squishy stuff and I can't separate them out. I put them on a paper towel hoping that would drain out the liquid, then put this in the bay window, but it's been days and they are still damp. No

How does one save squishy seeds?

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Re: How to save zucchini seeds?

Post  J_in_HamiltonON on 8/1/2012, 12:34 pm

Hey there, I don't think the seed you saved will be worth the effect. The summer squash are typically picked when the fruit is still immature. I've never tried it, but from what I've read, you need to let the fruit get huge and way over-ripe to get viable seed.

PS. In the spring I read a book on saving seeds and made some notes. They are at home - I will find them and post later today. I recall something about letting the seeds ferment in water, the good seeds will sink and the junk will float. More later.


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Re: How to save zucchini seeds?

Post  nycquilter on 8/1/2012, 8:51 pm

Last fall, for some reason I can't remember, I buried a pail of my kitchen scraps in one of my raised beds. This spring, this bed overflowed with "volunteers"--Though I threw out many, I transplanted some just to see what they were. Turns out there was lots of zucchini and pumpkins. They are growing strong. So, I would guess your seeds could be viable if you can separate them out and dry them.

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Re: How to save zucchini seeds?

Post  songstriss on 8/1/2012, 9:03 pm

I bought a spaghetti squash at the grocery store and thought I would try to save the seeds since I had never seen any in the store. I washed them and dried them. That was a few months ago. I thought I would try them for the heck of it and they all came up. Give it a shot! The worst that can happen is that it doesn't sprout.

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Re: How to save zucchini seeds?

Post  J_in_HamiltonON on 8/1/2012, 10:08 pm

Spaghetti squash and other winter squash are not picked until the are ripe, and as such they have had the proper amount of time for seed development. Last spring a found a bunch of "squash-like" sprouts in my compost. I transferred two to the garden. One turned out to be a spaghetti squash and the other a butternut. They both produced tasty fruits. My wife saved seeds from the butternut squash, and i gave it a try this year. I wasn;t sure what would happen, since the two squash types grew side-by-side and I couldn't be sure about cross-pollination. Those seeds have proven true and they are just about outperforming everything else in my garden, including the AAS winning butternut squash seeds that I bought this year! Sometimes I think that as gardeners we try to hard to force things to grow instead of letting the plants decide who's feeling most up to the job. Does that make sense how i said that? It;s like trees - they grow up all over the place all on their own, no help at all. But try planting on in your yard! You do everything imaginable to get it to grow and a year later it's dead :scratch: .

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Re: How to save zucchini seeds?

Post  CapeCoddess on 8/2/2012, 12:29 pm

Ha ha, that's funny, J. I understand what you are saying. I like hands off gardening for the most part.

I, too, had a spaghetti squash for supper one nite late last spring and plopped the seeds into the garden. Here's the result:

She's the first squash plant with all the flowers, and she's now climbing the giant rhodie bush behind her out of the photo.

Haven't check for fruits yet. Squash leaves bite me. Rolling Eyes

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Re: How to save zucchini seeds?

Post  littlesapphire on 8/2/2012, 4:48 pm

CC, what a beautiful squash plant! That almost makes me want to plant one in amongst my flowers next year, lol.

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Re: How to save zucchini seeds?

Post  CapeCoddess on 8/3/2012, 11:32 am

Julie, when I read your post I thought 'what a great idea!'. Until I reached over to scratch my arms from battling powdery mildew this morning. Evil or Very Mad It's like it happened overnight!

I cut off many leaves from my squashes and cucs, then spritzed them all with baking soda/water/soap solution.

I'm thinking what a pain that would be in my perennial gardens, right? And it might spread to some of the perennials.

Has anyone grown vining veggies in their perennial gardens?

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