Blog, Broccoli, Seeds

How To Save Cabbage, Kale and Broccoli Seeds

Sprouting broccoli, cabbages, cauliflowers, calabrese, kales and brussels sprouts are all members of the same family (Brassica oleraceae), and will all cross with each other. They won’t cross with turnips, swedes, oriental brassicas or mustard greens. In addition, they are mainly self-incompatible – which means that in order to get seed, insects have to carry pollen from one plant to another to pollinate the flowers. Because of this, you can’t simply grow your broccoli or cabbages for seed in an insect proof cage to avoid crossing.
So long as you only seedsave from one member of the family in any given year, you can grow as many other brassicas as you like without problems so long as you don’t let them flower.

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7 July, Beans, Broccoli, Onions, Permaculture, Potatoes, Rocket, Runner Beans, Spinach, This Week In The Garden

First Week In July 2014

Happy Birthday To My Blog!

I’ve now been blogging every week for a whole year and what a year it has been.  I’ve gone from having a keen interest in gardening to completing a Permaculture Design Course and catapulting myself full on in to the world of Permaculture.  I’ve changed the way that I grow things dramatically and have quadrupled my yield.   Learn more