Tips to collect top quality seeds of vegetables
Many people have turned to farming during the lockdown period. Since many of them are beginners who tried their hand at farming to overcome the boredom of lockdown, they may need some guidance.
The first step of farming is seed collection. While collecting seeds of vegetables and fruits for propagation, farmers have to keep in mind some tips. Only properly collected seeds will germinate and flourish.
- Collect seeds only from fully ripe vegetables and fruits on healthy plants.
- Do not collect seeds during rainfall. Wash and dry the seeds properly.
- Do not collect seeds from hybrid plants and from places where crop rotation is practiced.
- Do not let the dried fruits remain on plants for more days.
- Collect seeds from tomato, brinjal and green chilli after they fully ripen.
- Collect seeds from bitter gourd and snake gourd when they ripe a little more than half.
- Pumpkin, cucumber and ash gourd should ripen fully and seeds get dried properly before collecting.
- Seeds of long beans and okra can be collected after the pods get dried.
- Seeds can be collected from bottle gourd and ridge gourd when the pod dries fully and rattling sound comes from it.
- Do not take the first and last fruit for collecting seeds.
- Ripe tomato, cucumber, pumpkin, green chilli and ash gourd bought from shops also can be used for collecting seeds.
- Seeds of pumpkin, ash gourd, cucumber and tomato should be dried under before planting.
- Spinach seeds can be collected from plants growing in courtyard and wayside.
(Prepared by V C Pramod Kumar)