How to Properly Store Watermelon Seeds for Future Use

Watermelon is one of the most refreshing fruits to have on hot summer days. Its juicy, sweet and refreshing taste make it a favorite for many. However, what about the seeds? Have you ever thought of storing them in case you want to plant them later? In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to store watermelon seeds properly.

Why Store Watermelon Seeds?

There are several reasons why you may want to save your watermelon seeds instead of disposing of them immediately after consuming the fruit:

Growing Your Own Watermelons

One reason you may want to keep your watermelon seeds is if you plan on growing your own watermelons in the future. When stored correctly, these seeds can last up to four years before they lose their viability. Thus, by saving some viable seeds from each batch of watermelons that you consume, you can have an endless supply of fresh home-grown watermelons.

Preserving Biodiversity

Another important reason for preserving and storing your own seed is biodiversity conservation as commercial seed varieties are limited and there’s hardly any diversity available at supermarkets or greengrocers.

The Steps To Follow For Storing Watermelon Seeds

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to store your watermelon seeds properly:

Selecting The Right Variety

Choose only ripe melons with fully matured flesh when selecting a variety for harvesting and processing its’ seds

Cleaning The Seeds Thoroughly

After enjoying delicious chunks/fillets from inside out scoop out all those precious little gems! It’s best if done within 24 hours so pulp stains don’t ruin the kernels’ Germination potential.

Wash off all sugar residues with cool tap running through sieve or strainer then let dry completely overnight covered with a paper towel.

Preparing The Seeds For Storage

Once your seeds are clean and dry, it’s time to prepare them for storage. Spread them out on a drying rack or an open tray lined with parchment/baking paper (Don’t use newspaper as the printing ink may have chemicals that can harm germ viability). Leave those little guys in warm, dry locations safe from exposure to direct sunlight.

Make sure you turn seeds over every day or so for several days until they become hard and brittle enough without direct heat sources like ovens this could affect their germination potential.

Storing The Seeds

After allowing the watermelon seeds ample time to completely dry out, store them properly in an airtight container such as a glass jar with a tight lid or even resealable polythene bags away from humidity and/or frosty environments.. Label each container clearly by name of variety/species & date harvested; which is useful information when prioritising seedlings later on before planting.”

Conclusion

Watermelons are not only delicious but also produce nutrient-rich seeds that you can save for future consumption. By following these simple steps, you can be assured that your saved watermelon seeds will be viable whenever you decide to plant them. Remember always select ripe fruit then Clean thoroughly before preparing/drying carefully prior storing all while keeping away from high humidity/frost temperatures… Happy planting!

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