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Seeding cucumbers?

Postby milt » Mon Nov 28, 2005 11:30 am

Last year I attempted to prepare some seed from a cucumber by letting it grow and yellow up. I then removed some seed to dry out in the sun. The seed looked rather empty once it was dry and obviuosly didn't work this year. My suspicion are the cucumber i seeded was planted out of a packet of seeds and was a hybrid?

If this is the case where can I get some burpless cucumber seeds that I can seed and reuse for the seasons to come and what is the best way to prepare the seed?

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Postby Herby » Mon Nov 28, 2005 11:48 am

Hi Milt,

welcome!

You might want to get a copy of the seed savers handbook
in it there's everything you need to know to start saving all your herb/vege seeds

It may be available in the garden express shop
or http://www.edenseeds.com.au have them and they also have a great range of seeds

cucumbers basically go like this, when fully mature, scoop the seeds and pulp out into a big salad bowl,
let it sit for a few days, then wash and spread out on a fly wire tray for a week, store like you would all seeds.
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Postby Kerrie » Mon Nov 28, 2005 4:44 pm

Many of the commercially sold seed is designed to produce infertile fruit, so you need to buy fresh seed each year. If you want to save your own seed, then buy a 'heritage' variety, which should produce viable seed.
I got caught out on this with chili - I carefully saved about 100 chili seeds and tried to germinate about 70 of them before I caught on - I just thought I was doing something wrong or the temperature was too cool!

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Postby milt » Mon Nov 28, 2005 7:37 pm

Thanks guys for your help, where would one buy heritage seed?

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Postby Herby » Mon Nov 28, 2005 7:42 pm

the seed place mentioned sell open pollenated heirloom seeds
which is what you want..
http://www.edenseds.com.au
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Postby Marrion » Mon Nov 28, 2005 7:51 pm

Try the Diggers site, they have non-hybrid varieties.
http://www.diggers.com.au/DiggersSeeds.htm
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