How to Save Cabbage Heirloom Seeds
Cabbage is an insect-pollinated biennial that will cross pollinate with other varieties, unless you have them at least 100 years distant. So if you're neighbor is growing GMO or Hybrid Cabbage beware you might be getting your Cabbage Heirloom Seeds contaminated thru cross pollination.
- Choose the best plants in terms of their size. You want to save some of your biggest yielding Cabbage plants so that you can save their seeds.
- Mark them, and carefully store them alive through the winter in a container of soil or laid close together on a shelf in your root cellar.
- Some plants are self-sterile, so grow about 6 of them. Plants must be chilled enough to break dormancy before they'll grow the seed stalk. Set out the next spring. The branched, flowering seed stalks grows up the middle of the head after it splits wide open.
- It helps to speeds up the process by making a cut 1 to 2 inches deep x on the top of the cabbage head to start the splitting Support the seed stalks (they grown as tall as 5 ft.).
- Cut stalk when pods are changing color. (they don't all get ripe at once, which makes it a tough call).
- Dry on paper or cloth. Strip pods, put into a bag, and beat.
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