Seed Questions:

  • What is a cucurbit anyway? It’s just a fancy botanical term for vining plants, which include pumpkins, squash, gourds, melons, cucumbers, and even luffas.
  • How should my seeds be planted and when? Sow seeds outdoors after danger of frost. Plant ½” to 1” deep in well-drained soil. Typically sow in the month of June for October harvest.
  • How do I know how much seed to buy for the space that I have? I will often plant between 9-12 plants in a 10×10 foot space in my isolation plots.
  • How far apart do I plant? Anywhere from two feet apart to six feet apart. As a rule of thumb, the larger the ultimate fruit the further apart you plant.
  • How many seeds will I get? All bottles contain 15-18 seeds.
  • How do I store my seeds? Your seeds should be stored in the bottle in a cool, dry place.
  • How long can I keep my seeds? You can keep them as long as you want but they will be viable for about 3-5 years. To get technical, they will lose 10-15% of their germination capability each year after two years.
  • Why are my seeds two different colors? Some seeds are treated.
  • Are these seeds organic? Our seeds are not organically grown and some may be treated with thiram, a chemical dusting that helps with pest control.
  • What’s an heirloom? A generic definition is that an heirloom vegetable is a variety that has been grown year after year and has been seed saved to maintain the genetics and is over 50 years old.
  • Can I save my seed from my fruit I bought at TGPP? The answer is you could however the chances that it will produce the same variety of fruit are slim to none. The fruit, more than likely, got cross-pollinated by bees with another variety’s pollen thereby having different genes than the purchased parent.
  • Can I save the seed from the fruit I will grow from THS? Yes! As long as there is no other plant of the same species growing within a half mile of your plant. Cross-pollination can occur if not grown in isolation. Keep in mind the “same species” can mean watermelons, cucumbers, and other squash.
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