How to Save Watermelon Seeds


Enjoying the sweet flavor of a big, juicy watermelon is one of summer's pleasures. Better yet, it's a no-guilt, low-calorie, fat-free, sodium-free treat. If you want to try growing your own watermelon, buy a traditional seeded watermelon and save the seeds. Put them away for the winter and plant them next spring when the ground is warm.

Step 1

Put the watermelon seeds in a colander and rinse them in cool running water. Add a drop of dish soap, and rub the seeds and soap gently between your fingers, removing the remaining melon as you rinse.

Step 2

Spread the watermelon seeds in a single layer on a piece of waxed paper. Make sure the seeds aren't touching, because they can become stuck to one another and will be very difficult to separate.

Step 3

Place the tray of watermelon seeds in a well-ventilated area for one to two weeks until they're completely dry. Put the dry watermelon seeds in a white envelope, and put them in a cool, dry place until spring.

Things You'll Need

  • Watermelon seeds
  • Colander
  • Dish soap
  • Waxed paper
  • White paper envelope


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About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.