Saving Lettuce Seeds: A Simple How To

Posted on May 10 2011 - 2:55am by Mike Lieberman

The first thing you want to make sure before you plant anything in your garden is that you’re growing heirloom or non-hybrid seeds/transplants.  This is really important when it comes to saving your seeds.  With heirloom or non-hybrid varieties you’ll be able to successfully save the seeds from the plant. With hybrid seeds you won’t.   What’s the difference between hybrid and non-hybrid?

Buy seeds from places that only sell heirloom and non-hybrid varieties. 3 sources to buy your vegetable seeds.

When I started my balcony garden from scratch, I left two bolting lettuce plants in a container.

It’s been about 3-months and they are starting to flower, so it’s time to harvest and save the seeds. This was my first time doing it and I was pretty stoked on it.

You will know that it’s time to harvest and save the seeds because the plant will first bolt, then it will flower and little white puffs will emerge.

To harvest the seeds, simply grasp the end of a white puff between your fingers and pull it out. At the end will be a few seeds. Just that simple and pretty f’n cool.

Now I’ll replant these seeds in the late summer/beginning of fall and bring everything full cycle.

Learning and experiencing something new all the time. This is what it’s all about.

Have you ever saved seeds before?