Can I Save Seeds from Grocery Store Produce for Planting?

Can I Save Seeds from Grocery Store Produce for Planting?

Faith Durand
Apr 2, 2010

Q: I've got spring fever and I'm starting to think about what to plant in my garden this year. I'm thinking this year I want to grow some red peppers and tomatoes for sure.

Is there any reason I can't just save some seeds from produce purchased at my local grocery store to plant? Or will I have better luck purchasing seeds or seedlings instead?

Sent by Rebecca

Editor: Rebecca, you could certainly try, especially if you have produce from a local farmers market. It's great to try growing heirloom varieties yourself. But a lot of produce from the grocery store will be hybrid varieties that will either not reproduce at all from seed, or revert back to an earlier variety.

Also, some seeds need special treatment (drying, fermenting) before they will grow. Here are some good resources on seed saving:

Saving Seeds Successfully at Virtual Seeds
Saving Seed from the Garden at University of Illinois Extension
Seed Saving - Quick Tips for Saving Your Garden Favorites at Good tips here for figuring out which plants tend to be hybridized and which are open-pollinated.

Overall, if you want to experiment with seed saving it could be an interesting project, but unless you know that have reliable varieties, we wouldn't stake your whole garden on it. (And a side note: Depending on your zone, it's probably time to start your tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants from seeds indoors right now!)

Readers, any tips for Rebecca?

Got a good question you'd like answered? Send your queries and a photo or two illustrating your question, and we'll see if the Re-nest editors or our readers can help answer your question.

Related: Garden 2010: Plant These Five Things Now!

(Image: Emma Christensen)

Posted originally from: TheKitchn

moving--truck moving--dates moving--dolly moving--house moving--cal Created with Sketch. moving--apt