How to Save Seeds from Melons

by Amy Gordon
(last updated September 29, 2014)

Melons are one of the greatest delights of a warm summer day. The cool juice from a cantaloupe or a honeydew melon can be as refreshing as a swim in the lake, and watermelon seed spitting contests can be a real joy among children.

If you live in a part of the world where you can grow melons, you can do even more with those seeds than throwing them away or seeing who can spit them the farthest. With just a little effort, you can save those seeds and use them in your own garden. Then, when summer rolls around, instead of having to go to the store and buy melons, you can just go to your own back yard and enjoy the fruits of your efforts.

Taking the seeds from watermelons or any other type of melon is really a very easy process. All you have to do is scoop the seeds out of the melon and place the seeds on a paper towel. This can be a little more difficult with watermelon, since the seeds are such a part of the fruit, but you can cut up a watermelon and remove the seeds as you go along instead of just handing out wedges. One watermelon should give you more than enough seeds, so you can use any other watermelons for fun and games.

When you remove the seeds from the melon, put the seeds on a paper towel to dry. As the seeds are drying, you can pick off the melon pieces with your fingers. The melon pieces are much easier to remove dry, since they no longer have the juice and won't make a sticky mess.

Once the seeds have dried out thoroughly and you have removed any excess melon, place the seeds inside an envelope. Be sure to label the envelope so you know which seeds are in which envelope. Store the envelope full of seeds in a dry place until you are ready to plant. When the time is right, plant the seeds and watch your melons grow.

Author Bio

Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...

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