Save & store her­itage peas

Garden Answers (UK) - - Gourmet Grower -

Sav­ing seed is a great way to save money and keep her­itage cul­ti­vars from dis­ap­pear­ing. Choose just one pea cul­ti­var that’s open-pol­li­nated (ie not F1 hy­brids, as these won’t come true to type).

Weed out weak­lings

As plants grow, re­move any plants that look in any way weak or dif­fer­ent from the rest. At the end of the sea­son, col­lect seed from 10 dif­fer­ent plants to en­sure good ge­netic di­ver­sity.

Dry and shell them

Leave pods un­til they’re pa­pery dry. Hang the stems up­side down, un­der cover, to help. Open the pods by hand and dis­card any show­ing in­sect dam­age.

Seal in a con­tainer

Place in jars with dried rice (which acts as a dessi­ca­tor, ab­sorb­ing mois­ture). Store the dried seed in sealed con­tain­ers in a cool, dark place for up to three years.

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