While I was snapping pictures in the garden last night, I noticed quite a few chive heads that were dried up and ready to be harvested. So this afternoon I headed out to the garden with a basket and collected the spent flower heads. If you have never collected chive seeds before, the process is very easy and straight forward. Although is most areas chives will reseed themselves, I always like to collect a few seeds just in case.
I have plans to relocate my herb garden next spring, and I want to make sure I have some extra chive seeds on hand just in case.
How to Harvest Chive Seeds
- When chive blossoms have faded, and turned a pale tan color, snip the blossoms off with a pair of scissors
- Over a colander, rub the blossoms between your thumb and forefingers to release the seeds
- Lift the colander, remove any excess chaff to collect the chive seeds
- Store seeds in an airtight container, in a cool dark place
- Plant seeds in early spring for a late summer chive harvest
Will you be saving any seeds this year?
If so, what kind. And if you are a seed saver, how long have you been saving your seeds?
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