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Last year's seeds

Posted by LindaLu2222 none (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 17, 13 at 19:09

How long are seeds good? Can I use those left over from last year?

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RE: Last year's seeds

If seed packages are sealed back up and stored in dry and cool [60-75 degree storage, most seeds will keep well for 2 to 5 years.

Here is a link that might be useful: seed vitality

RE: Last year's seeds

Thank you Wayne you have made my day!!!

RE: Last year's seeds

Or longer. many gardeners regularly use seeds that are 5-10 years old. If they were properly stored they will last for decades. There are a few exceptions like onion seeds.

Check out the FAQ on seed saving and seed storage over on the Seed Saving forum here.


RE: Last year's seeds

Spinach seeds, too, don't keep well.

RE: Last year's seeds

According to one of the scientists... they managed to grow a plant from 2,000 years old seed. As long as it's stored properly, they can last a long while.

I managed to germinate the pea seeds that were older than me (at that time, I was 20.) But then I'm having a trouble with germinating the spinach seeds after a couple years now.

RE: Last year's seeds

To determine the viability of your seeds, you can take 6 seeds and placed them in a moisten paper towel. Put the towel in a sandwich bag and seal it. place in a warm dark location. Use the germination time for those seeds. Check after a week to see if any germinated. Count the number of seeds if any germinated. That number will give you the percentage of seeds for that pack, that will germinate.

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