The Q&A Archives: Seed Cleaning

Question: Is there an easy way to separate seeds from the debris of petals and stems when saving seeds for the next season? I have been using a strainer but it doesn't work for the smallest seeds.

Answer: You have the right idea. Seed seives with increasingly finer mesh are typically used. You can buy seives specially created for this purpose that will stack on top of each other, or you can check in kitchen supply stores for a variety of mesh sizes. Another trick is to put seeds in a shallow container and gently blow over them to carry off the chaff. Using wind to clean off seeds is a time-honored method, but be prepared to lose some seeds in the process! Good luck with your seed saving!

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