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    Just cooking dinner and having a butternut squash and just taken the seeds out.

    Can I use these seeds to grow my own? is so whats the process?

    or will they not work and should I just buy new seeds from the shops.

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    The problem with using seeds from bought vegetables is that you don't always know the variety and whether it's a F1 hybrid. More likely they're going to be F1 which means the seeds will not be much use as the veg won't be true to type, possibly mongrel looking even. If you have enough space in your garden to experiment growing them by all means go ahead just to see what it turns out . To use the seeds, clean them and just let them dry off.
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    Lozza, a lot of people wont use seeds from shop bought stuff as you never quite now what you're going to get.
    I always save seeds from things and give them a go, just to try. To dry the seeds, I simply clean off as much flesh as possible and put them onto tissue paper for a few days, until they are dry. Remove them and put them into clean tissue, into a labeled envelope and stick them with the rest of your seeds in the fridge. Good luck
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    thats what I was worried about.

    I think I will try a few from the shop bought squash and buy a packet of seeds.

    thanks for the responses

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    If you do use the seeds, then leave them in a cup of water overnight. The floating ones you throw away and the sunken ones should all germinate. It doesn't matter what they turn out like, they should all be edible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lozza_9 View Post
    Evening all Can I use these seeds to grow my own? is so whats the process? or will they not work and should I just buy new seeds from the shops. Cheers Loz
    Hi Loz,
    This is what people have been doing for-ever or at least until someone invented 'seedsmen' and made it all complicated and mysterious. So plant and see. It is what I have done in Bulgaria for the last two years and will do again this year. Not been disappointed yet
    The problem (I) is only if you want to produce 'exactly' that variety and would be unhappy with one similar but not the same.
    Cross polination could lead to your squash being slightly different. Chances are that it grew in a field with zillions of others and they have all crossed and are all the same as the original.
    Problem (2) is if F1 seed was used you could be disappointed.
    If that happens, I will send you some seed next year from one of the many varieties I am growing this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vegnut
    If you do use the seeds, then leave them in a cup of water overnight. The floating ones you throw away and the sunken ones should all germinate. It doesn't matter what they turn out like, they should all be edible.
    Useful tip. One of the reasons I hesitate to try to grow 'shop bought' veg seed, is as you say 'they should all be edible'; is it possible to grow inedible fruit from edible fruit seed, or just fruit that tastes different to the original?
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    last year i planted seeds from shop bought butternut squash - the plants grew (only 2 of them), but no fruits - could have been something i did wrong as i was a beginner and didn't really know what i was doing??

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