84: Unlocking the Secrets of Seed Saving for Cut Flowers with Roz Chandler

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Welcome to The Cutflower Podcast. Today, I'm excited to delve into a topic that's recently captured my fascination: seed saving for cut flowers. 

Episode Summary:

In this episode, I discuss the many benefits of seed saving, including the preservation of flower varieties, cost efficiency, and promoting sustainability. We explore different types of flowers suitable for seed saving, from open-pollinated to self-pollinating and cross-pollinating flowers. I also provide a step-by-step guide on how to save seeds effectively, from selecting the best flowers to proper storage techniques. Additionally, I address common challenges and offer practical solutions to ensure success in your seed-saving efforts.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Why Save Seeds: Understand the importance of preserving heirloom varieties, reducing costs, and promoting biodiversity by saving your own seeds.
  2. Types of Flowers for Seed Saving: Learn about open-pollinated, hybrid, self-pollinating, and cross-pollinating flowers, and how to choose the best types for beginners.
  3. Steps to Save Seeds: Follow a detailed guide on selecting, collecting, cleaning, drying, and storing seeds to ensure successful seed saving.
  4. Challenges and Solutions: Discover common challenges such as cross-pollination and disease, and how to address them with techniques like isolation and proper storage.
  5. Beginner Tips: Get practical tips for beginners, including choosing easy-to-save annual flowers like marigolds, sunflowers, and zinnias, and the importance of proper labelling and record-keeping.
  6. Isolation Methods: Explore various methods to prevent cross-pollination, such as using physical barriers, timed planting, hand pollination, and companion planting.

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