SEED  SAVING  GUIDE  source:  seed savers exchange


Common name

Scientific name

Life Cycle:
A annual,
B biennial

Seed Maturity*

arugula (rocket)

Eruca sativa

A

after

bean (common bean)

Phaseolus vulgaris

market or after

beet

Beta vulgaris

B

after

cabbage

Brassica pleracea

B

after

carrot

Daucus carota

B

after

chives (common chives)

Allium schoenoprasum

perennial

after

cilantro

Coriandrum Sativum

A

after

collards

Brassica poleracea

B

after

corn

Zea Mays

A

market or after

cucumber

Cucumis sativus

A

after

dill

Anethum graveolens

A

after

eggplant

Solanum melaongena

A

after

frisee

Cichorium endivia

A

after

gourd

Cucurbita spp.

A

market

gourd (hard shelled)

Lagenaria siceraria

A

market

gound cherry

Physalis grisea

A

market

leek

Alium ampeloprasum

B

after

lettuce

Latuca sativa

A

after

lima bean

Phaseolus lunatus

A

market or after

melon

Cucmis melo

A

after

mustard greens

Brassica juncea

A/B

after

okra

Abelmoschus esculentus

A

after

onion (common)

Alium cepa

B

after

parsnip

Pastinaca sativa

B

after

pea

Pisum sativum

A

market or after

pepper

Capsicum ssp.

A

market   

pumpkin

Cucurbita spp.

market

radish

Raphanus sativus

A

after

runner bean

Phaseolus coccineus

A

market or after

spinach

Spinacea oleracea

A

after

squash, summer

cucurbita pepo

A

after

squash, winter

cucurbita pepo,
cucurbita argyrosperma

A

after

market tomato

solanum lycopersicum

A

market

watermelon

citrullus lanatus

A

market    

 

* Maturity: market = seeds are ready when fruit is fully ripe     after = seeds mature after fruit/plants is typically eaten