Hot weather can trigger radishes to bolt, so don’t worry if this happened to some of your radishes this year because, today I’m showing you how to save the seeds!
When a radish plant bolts the roots are no longer edible, 3 of my radishes bolted before I could pick them, so I decided that it would be a great thing to write about!
After the radish flowers start to fade away, you will see some tiny pods starting to form on your radish plants. You can eat the pods when they are young and green, but if you are interested in saving the seeds you’ll have to let them be.
The pods will dry up and turn brown, once this occurs take a pair of pruners, and cut off all of the pods and put them into a container.
Once you harvest the pods, bring them inside of your house to prepare the seeds for storage. For the best results you will want to open the pods, remove the seeds, and separate the seeds from the chaff(chaff is pieces of the pod and other debris).
To clean away the chaff spread everything out onto a flat surface. With your fingers remove all of the larger pieces of chaff, once the larger pieces have been removed, gently blow away all of the smaller, lighter pieces.
The next step is to completely dry out your seeds. Do this by placing them all out on a flat surface and letting them air dry for a week. If any moisture is left in the seeds when you store them, they could mold.
Finally, once all of your seeds are dry you can store them in either an envelope or a paper bag. The radish seeds should be viable for 5-6 years if they are stored in the proper conditions.
That’s all there is to it! Let me know if you have ever saved your own seeds before, because this is going to be a new thing for me. I’m excited to try it though because we learn by trying new things! Thanks for reading, and have a great rest of your day!