~By Erin LaFaive
Saving the seeds from healthy plants is an ancient tradition in many cultures. Most seed saving is done for food, not medicinal purposes.
At HWB, we feel that our native medicinal seeds are just as important to save as food seeds. So many of our native medicines are in jeopardy if being lost due to over harvesting and land development. Mother Nature knows what these seeds and plants need to thrive. Many medicinal plants need particular needs to activate the seed to germinate. Many of them need a double dormancy that Mother Nature does best.
In order to save seed one must grow the plant successfully first. Many herb seeds need specific treatment to break the dormancy of the seed. The resources below not only provide information about growing medicinal plants, but also are valuable resources on specific needs of how to break seed dormancy.
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The Essential Herbal for Natural Health: How to Transform Easy-to-Find Herbs into Healing Remedies for the Whole Family
Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Seed Saving, and Cultural History
The Manual of Seed Saving: Harvesting, Storing, and Sowing Techniques for Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruits
The Seed Saving Book: Heirloom and Organic Seed Saving For Beginners: How to Profit by Preserving Rare Heirloom and Organic Seeds
Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener's and Farmer's Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving, 2nd Edition
by Carol Deppe