Listen while I chat with Ian Hemphill of Herbies about how to grow your own cumin. There is nothing magical about popcorn seeds packaged for gardening (Zea mays everta). When you use seeds from store-bought veggies to set up a garden, you need to keep in mind that all seeds won’t be equally viable. And it will be unpredictable as far as how they grow and what the fruit is like. How to Grow Popcorn From Bags of Seeds From the Grocery Store. Companion Planting As an umbelifer, cumin produces shallow flowers that are arranged in an umbel. Optional: You can also use seed-starting heat mats to hasten germination if you have them. Cumin can cope with a range of soil conditions but will do best in soil with a neutral pH that is a fertile, free-draining, sandy-loam. Some seeds won’t grow into plants and bear fruit. Flowering begins mid-summer. Those may or not be the same seeds as the ones used to grow the melons you buy at the store. If you do plant direct in the soil, maintain a spacing of around 20cm between each plant. Cumin has a variety of uses, especially in Asian cuisines. Uses: The greens can be stir-fried and tossed on a pizza. A packet of seeds is less than $2. To capture the seeds, cut stems when the seed pods start to dry out a bit and hang upside down in a brown paper bag.As the seeds dry, they drop into the bottom of the bag. Cumin takes 100-150 days to harvest. For the home gardener, this can be a fun plant to grow for the seeds and cooking. It is the same seed … Just take few cumin seeds from your spice rack and soak them in water for 14-16 hours. If you’re lucky enough to have a dedicated grow room or shelving, awesome! It is widely used in Middle Eastern cuisine to season rice, curries, breads, pickles and confections. You can grow sesame seeds easily too, as long as you have the right climate for it. Seed Info Usual seed life: 2 years. The best way to identify such unviable seeds is to check whether the veggies are hybridized or non-hybridized varieties. Cumin is the popular seed spice that you find in Indian curries but it is also used widely in Egyptian, Mexican and Moroccan cuisine. In general, buying seeds or plants that were intended to be grown for a garden harvest is usually a better idea than relying on produce aisle leftovers to grow more edibles. It is not hardy at all and will slow its growth or even stop growing at temperatures below 68 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 10 Celsius). Black cumin seed has an aroma similar to fennel but lends pungent, nutmeg-like flavor to foods. Plus, since the melons you buy at the store are grown from hybrid seeds, the seeds inside them won't grow plants exactly like the parents. Plan on growing many plants. Growing cumin is a fairly easy process too! Sesame plants thrive in hot, dry weather. If your soil is less than ideal then you will probably have more success growing cumin in a container. Directly sow Cumin seeds into your garden as early in the season , after the last frost in your area. Cumin is grown from seed. It’s best to store the seeds in a cool, dark, and dry place. If not, pretty much anywhere will do. Once the seeds germinate, you can remove the heat mats. In more northerly areas, start seeds indoors, and transplant after the last frost date. 10. If your area has warm, dry summers then you can grow your own cumin and collect the seed to grind fresh for your own cooking. When properly stored, the seeds stay good for two years. Cumin. You can try using a tightly lidded mason jar in the back of a cupboard away from heat. If not, it may just take a couple extra days to see results. You can harvest your garlic greens in just 7-10 days. Once harvested, you’ll want to store your cumin seeds properly to ensure they stay good for as long as possible. Non-hybridized seeds. Storing Cumin Seeds. Harvest Cut the seed heads to dry indoors as late in the season as possible, or as soon as seeds can be seen to fall from the seed head. You can totally harvest seeds from your store bought pumpkins, but with that said, I have only harvest ones from the pumpkins that I grew from seed.