One of the hottest summer veggies is the cucumber! Nothing is more refreshing than a home-grown cucumber, and it’s easier than you think.
If you love cucumbers, consider starting your own at home. Saving your own seeds is easy, especially when you start with cucumbers.
Separate the cucumber varieties you want to use
If you want to grow pure cucumbers, you need to isolate them. There are two ways to do it — time and distance. You can time it so that one type is mature at the same time as the other is immature. Or you can use distance — keep them 1/8 mile apart for home use and 1/4 to 1 mile apart for seed.
However, if you don’t save your seed perfectly, you can still enjoy the experience of growing your own variety. If you end up with a cross you love, you’ll have the experience of enjoying the fruits of your labor.
Estimated harvest is enough to save as seed
To maintain your heirloom variety over time, plant at least five plants. There are so many varieties for this type of plant, if you really like this plant, please collect as much as possible so you can plant it occasionally.
Choose your best plants to save
One of the best ways to improve your garden is to harvest and save seeds from the healthiest, most vigorous plants.
Cucumbers are fruit and should be left on the vine for a few weeks after discoloration. They should pull easily from the vine. If that’s not possible, you can let them continue to ripen in a basket out of direct sunlight. When the cucumber is ready, it will show the seeds that are ready to be planted.
Harvest Cucumber Seeds You Choose
To harvest cucumber seeds, cut the cucumber lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Place the seeds and pulp into glass jars. Mason jars are best.
Clean and Ferment the Seeds
If you want to remove the seeds from your pumpkin, first let them ferment. Add a little water to your jars of pulp and seeds.
You must provide the jars with airflow, but don’t cover them with a lid. However, you can cover them with a cloth or coffee filter and a rubber band to keep out fruit flies.
Make a mixture and let it sit for three days. Stir it once a day and don’t worry about any mold on top. After three days, add more water and stir again. The viable seeds will sink to the bottom while the pulp and bad seeds float, and you can pour them off the top. Drain your viable seeds.
Dry Cucumber seeds
When seed starting, lay your seeds on a single layer on paper towels, coffee filters, old window screens, or dehydrator screens. Let the seeds air dry naturally until they can be snapped in half.
Store Cucumber Seeds
Store cucumber seeds in a cool, dark place. They will remain viable for 5+ years as long as they are stored in an airtight container.