Choosing Seeds to Save
Please let us know if you are growing seeds for the Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers Society,
so that we may add your seeds to our data base.
‘Seed packaging bees‘ take place throughout the
winter. Also, please contact us if you have space in your plot to grow some of the Society’s special
seeds, and we will make arrangements to get them to you.
Seed Database Form Guide and Seed Saving Tips
In order to have outstanding vegetable and flower production, seeds need to be kept clean and free
from unwanted cross-pollination.
- Seeds must be from open pollinated varieties and not a hybrid (F1), and preferably locally produced.
- Seeds from other locations must have their locations identified.
- Choose seeds from plants with good form and vigour, good taste and size, resistant to disease and for greens and herbs, slow to go to seed.
- Reliable plants to collect seeds from are: spinach, lettuce, arugula and cilantro.
- Peas, beans and tomato are self-pollinating and any fruit collected should be based on the overall plant and not just on the earliest fruit production, although this should be one of the criteria.
- Label the early fruit for seed saving, not eating.
- Collect seeds from plants such as leeks, parsnips and parsley the second year.
- Collect the seeds in well labeled paper bags and ensure they are well dried before storing.
- Refer to the book ‘How to Save Your Own Vegetable Seeds’, published by Seeds of Diversity, Canada, for details on requirements for plant spacing in the garden, and for clear seed saving guidelines. This book is available for purchase though the Comox Valley Growers &Seed Savers.
- Please download and print the data sheet below to sort and itemize your seeds….
- Garden Location – May include neighbourhood, mini geoclimatic zone, and/or street address.
- Species – Refers to common species name (i.e. pole bean).
- Variety- Refers to: common variety name (e.g. Blue Lake).
- Isolation Distance – Distance to other plants of same species, or description of method of isolation to prevent unwanted crossing.
- # Plants – Number of parent plants grown, necessary to insure genetic diversity and to prevent “bottle necking”.
- Garden Location – Any other information from what was listed above.
- History – Seed source, unique characteristics which may include: disease resistance, early vs late blooming, height, flower colour, or other history and interesting information.