The process of harvesting eggplant seeds is not a difficult one in itself. However, it is worth noting in advance the time of maturity of the crop and the time when the fruit reaches its maximum maturity. Eggplant is a self-pollinated crop, so you will get the seeds of the variety you are growing. Remember that you will only get the seeds of the variety, not the hybrids. You will learn more about How to Harvest The Seeds of Eggplant by Bubgo article.
Eggplant is a heat-loving crop, so the vegetable matures differently in different parts of the country. For example, in Siberia and other regions, seed germination rates are often low because there is not enough heat to fully mature eggplant.
How to Choose Eggplant for Seeds
Choose the variety you like best and mark the healthiest bush
1. It is not recommended to extract vegetable seeds from the total mass of the plant, this applies not only to eggplant but to all eggplant crops.
2. A carelessly picked fruit may come from a sick or failed bush, then all your efforts will be wasted and you will lose the harvest.
3. Once you have chosen the right bush, leave only 1-2 fruits on the plant and cut off the rest of the flowers, ovaries, or small fruits that manage to appear there without mercy.
The fewer fruits you leave behind, the faster and fuller they will ripen, which will ensure that you get mature, quality seeds.
How to Make Eggplant Grow to Seed
Leave the eggplant in the bush until it turns dark purple or even brown with a muddy tinge.
This vegetable will be completely unfit for consumption, but perfect for releasing seeds
1. Mature eggplant should still be allowed to ripen after being removed from the bush.
2. A week is enough if you pick a dirty purple ripe vegetable from the bush before the seeds finally ripen.
3. If you pick a light purple unripe fruit for some reason (e.g. bad weather), it needs to ripen for at least 1-1.5 months.
Then wait for the same conditions - the dull, rich, muddy color of the fruit.
How to Harvest Seeds of Eggplant at Home
If the seeds are pale yellow, they will not germinate, do not even waste time and energy on them.
Fully mature, quality eggplant seeds are brown.
1. Eggplant seeds are very easy to release, but you only need to do it in water, which cannot be done any other way.
2. Cut the eggplant crosswise, put it in the water and gently squeeze all those seeds into the water with your fingers.
3. Then drain the water on a sieve and dry the seeds on a piece of paper.
Eggplant seeds can be stored under proper conditions for up to 5 years - at room temperature in a paper bag. Of course, the seeds should not lie in the sun, nor should they be exposed to excessive heat or high humidity.
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