How to Save Seeds From Hybrid Melons

Overview

If you want to try to save a little money on purchasing seeds year after year, saving seeds from your garden is a good way to do it. While the same process can be applied when it comes time to save seeds from hybrid melons, keep in mind that some hybrid plants, because they are hybrids, may be sterile or will produce a plant not exactly like the parent you took the seeds from. You can however, give it a try and see how your hybrid melon seeds do.

Step 1

Cut open your melon and hold it over a large bowl. Scoop out the seeds and let them fall into the bowl.

Step 2

Pick out the seeds from any melon flesh and put them into the strainer. Rinse the seeds with clean water to wash away any sticky texture and remove any remaining flesh.

Step 3

Place the seeds on a paper towel and pat them gently to take away any excess moisture. Spread the seeds in a single layer on paper plates and set them in a warm, dry location to dry.

Step 4

Allow the seeds to dry for a week, turning them over every few days or so to ensure they dry thoroughly. Once dry, put them into a seed envelope or packet and label with the type of plant and the date.

Step 5

Perform a test on your seeds, if desired, once they are dry and ready for storage by planting 10 seeds out into seed trays. If only three of your seeds come up you can consider your seeds to be 30 percent successful. If none of the seeds come up you are safe to assume your seeds are sterile.

Things You'll Need

  • Melon
  • Knife
  • Large bowl
  • Spoon
  • Wire mesh strainer
  • Clean water
  • Paper towel
  • Paper plate
  • Seed envelope
  • Pencil
  • Seed tray
  • Potting soil

References

  • "Success with Seeds"; Chris Wheeler and Valerie Wheeler; 2004
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Margaret Telsch-Williams is a freelance, fiction, and poetry writer from the Blue Ridge mountains. When not writing articles for Demand Studios, she works for WidescreenWarrior.com as a contributor and podcast co-host.