Posted by Tom C on May 08, 2003 at 03:56:14:
In Reply to: Ruhbarb Seeds posted by William Daniels on May 07, 2003 at 21:48:00:
: Could someone tell me how to save the seeds from my : Ruhbarb? And when is it the best time to do so.
Rhubarb sets a tall spike that has a minor set of insignificant bloom and then seed erupt. Let them brown till a few fall off then pick and dry seed.
They are a goofy shape with three minor wings and are about half the size of a shirt button. You want them to be ready to fall off the spike before you pick em, by putting a bag over the spike and cutting off the stem.
I use a paper bag, you probably should too. (They'll go moldy in plastic). Bring bag indoors to dry out of direct sunlight. Let em sit for a month or three (to totally and utterly dry) before making packets.
Sometimes the next generation is yummy. Sometimes less so, this is the luck of the draw I guess.