Cleaning Seeds for Propagation
It’s essential to remove the flesh when collecting and save seeds. In addition to being a source of moisture and decay, the tissue often contains chemicals that discourage seed germination. While it’s easy to extract large seeds by hand, small fruits like raspberries, goji, and mulberries have tiny seeds that are difficult and time-consuming to remove.
In the wild, the consumption of fruit by birds and other animals removes the flesh via the animals’ digestive processes. Freed from the fruit, and surrounded by newly digested nutrients, the seeds are free to grow. While sifting through feces may be an effective way to gather seeds; I’m optimistic that we can avoid that.