How to Store the Seeds From a Sweet Pea

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How to Store the Seeds From a Sweet Pea
Each sweet pea blossom forms a small pod of seeds. (Dynamic Graphics/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Sweet peas are fragrant, colourful old-fashioned flowers that are grown in bush or vining plant form in summer gardens. The climbing sweet pea vine variety is best grown next to a trellis or fence for support. Sweet pea blossoms wilt away, then miniature pea pods that look like thin runner beans form on the stems or vines. The pea pods produce small round 1/8-inch wide seeds. Dried annual and perennial sweet pea seeds can be saved for future plantings when properly stored.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Dinner plate
  • Airtight container
  • Labels

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  1. 1

    Harvest the sweet pea pods when the colour has faded to a brown shade. The texture of the pod should be dry and papery.

  2. 2

    Open the pods and remove the seeds. Place the seeds onto a dinner plate in a safe area of the house or gardening shed. The seeds should be placed out of the heat and light of the sun. Allow the seeds to dry thoroughly for three to four days.

  3. 3

    Place seeds in a clean, clear glass or moisture-proof, airtight container that is well sealed with a cover.

  4. 4

    Apply a label to the container with the date of harvest and the type of seeds that are stored inside.

  5. 5

    Set the container in a cool storage area that is dry and dark. Moisture will cause the seeds to rot, germinate or sprout ahead of time.

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