Broccoli for seed

So I said last week I will be blogging about broccoli seed saving…so here we go!

Broccoli is SOOO easy to save seed from. You let your plant go…it will go from those awesome heads of broccoli, to these shoots with yellow flowers and then eventually to a pod…which you can see beyond the flowers

See the beautiful stalky flowers and the pods in the background
See the beautiful stalky flowers and the pods in the background
Lovely bumble pollinating the flowers for me!
Lovely bumble pollinating the flowers for me!

So the pods will eventually go from green to brown. When they are brown all you do is break them off…

Broken off dried up pod
Broken off dried up pod

And then bust open the pods…and WALAH! SEED 🙂

SEED!
SEED!

SO if you have a lot of dried pods…you can take a tarp or something to gather them onto…and beat the stalks onto the tarp and the pods will fall of, and some may even break open in the process, releasing the weed. You just then take those pods and crush them, since I don’t need much seed for just me, I can break them open by hand, but I am sure there is an easier way with mass quantities. I just don’t know an easier way for large quantities, cause i only use about 20 pods, and that is way more seed than I need. ‘Cause at this stage, I only grow about 5-8 broccoli plants, so one pod is easily enough seed for me. Let alone 20 pods. If you feel bad throwing pods away though, the broccoli stalks will produce much more than 20 pods, so feel free to harvest as much as you want. The last thing to do it to pull out the empty pods, and winnow the seed to get all the other stuff that may be in there gone!

Just always remember, when you do have your seed, for the following year, store in a cool, dark, dry place and label it, if you can’t tell the type of seeds apart or you save multiple types of broccoli seed. Then when middle of winter rolls around, and it is time to start plants indoors, we have fresh seed for that year!

Hope this helps and maybe you can use it to save seed for next year if you don’t have bolted broccoli plants already!

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