Harvesting Seeds

(Question)

Can seeds be harvested after a frost? How “ripe” should the seeds be?

(Answer)

It is impossible to say that all seeds harvested after frost will not be viable, but frost will tend to have a significant impact on the viability of seeds.  On occasion Ontario may experience cool growing conditions, resulting in slow plant development and delayed seeding.  When early fall frosts impact immature plants/crops, seed quality can be drastically impaired.