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Collecting seeds during shemitah to be planted next year

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Am I allowed to collect seeds during shemitah and plant them next year?


Rabbi Moshe Bloom

It depends on the type of seed:

Inedible seeds: The sefichin prohibition does not apply to such seeds nor do they have kedushat shevi'it.  For this reason, it is permissible to sow them after shemitah.

Edible seeds from annuals are subject to the sefichin prohibition and have kedushat shevi'it. Such seeds should not be sown after shemitah.

If edible seeds were sterilized and are not edible: Bedi'avad (not lechatchilah) it is permissible to sow them following shemitah.