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Article: Shake down your plants for free seed: an introduction to collecting seeds: Separating Seed from Chaff?

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 23, 2012
11:52 AM

Post #9251326

What is your best method for separating? Sometimes I can put the collected seeds in a plastic container and shake a bit and the static electricity causes lots of the chaff to stick to the sides while the seed is heavier and stays on the bottom of the dish.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

August 23, 2012
2:42 PM

Post #9251477

Sometimes I get lucky with a sieve of the right size (I have a battered one that's perfect for basil), but mostly I use the "swirl & blow" method (on a rimmed plate or shallow bowl). If you crumble the seedheads and let them dry a while, the seeds of most plants will be heavier than the chaff.

Some seeds I just save chaff & all -- zinnias, for example, I just don't have the patience to pick out the seeds, which don't seem much heavier than the larger dried petals in the chaff.

Are you saving some special seeds for the Feb swap this year? :-)

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Neat guide there! Dinu 15 Oct 17, 2008 4:10 AM
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