How to Save Seeds: Drying Seeds for Storage

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Learn how to collect, save and cultivate seeds from more than 300 vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers, trees and shurbs with “The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds.” Authors Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough thoroughly explain every step in the seed-saving process.

By Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough

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The following is an excerpt from The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds by Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough (Storey, 2011). The excerpt is from Chapter 4: Seed-Storage Know-How.

Seed-Drying Methods

Drying seeds to the desired moisture level for storage may take a few days to several weeks, depending upon the species, the atmospheric humidity, and the equipment you use. The faster you dry the seeds, the less likely they will be to succumb to pathogens. The lower the humidity of the air in which the seeds are placed, the faster the seeds will dry. Seeds dry quickly at first, then more slowly…

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