Saving Radish Seeds

It has been a long time since I posted.  I need to get back with it.  Over the past several months, I can't even count how many times, I took pictures and thought of things to write about.  Life and my busy hours got in the way.

Last year I wrote about the heirloom radish varieties that I purchased from Seed Savers.  In the post I mentioned that I would let one variety go to seed each year to prevent them from cross pollinating.  This year I chose the Philadelphia White Box.

Saving radish seeds is quite easy, just tedious and repetitive.  Although a great thing to do while watching your favorite program on TV and is easy enough a 4 year old can help.


Radishes that go to seed will flower then develop a pod in place of the flowers. I allowed the pods to become completely dry before I harvested them.  The easiest way I found to remove the pods is to slide my hand down the tiny branches collecting the pods in my hand as I go.

After I collected the pods, I simply broken them open to reveal the seeds.  The average seed per pod was 3. Sometimes the larger pods would hold 5 or 6 so my suggestion would be go for the larger pods first then the smaller if you are still needing more.

Store the seeds in a cool, dry place for up to 5 years.

Honestly it is a lot of work for a couple seeds. But like I said, it is easy enough to do while watching TV and you can always have your kids/niece/nephew/paper boy do the work.
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