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Tips for old seeds

Posted by Creek-side 5 (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 2, 13 at 5:46

I found some old sweet pepper seeds from a variety that my father used to grow. The lots are dated 1994, 1997, and 2002. They were stored in regular orange pill containers in a dry and cool basement. There are a few dozen seeds from each year. I would really like to revive this variety. I have planted a few, but after two weeks none have germinated. Are there any special methods which will increase my chances of getting these old seeds to germinate?

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RE: Tips for old seeds

things to improve chance of germination (1) soak seed in a glass of water for 2-4 hours (2) insure soil is wet (3) keep out of draft insure steady heat 60F (4) be patient could take 6 weeks to germinate

RE: Tips for old seeds

Frankly, I don't think you're going to have much luck germinating those seeds, they're just too old. Hardly any vegetable seed will be viable after 4 or 5 years (see link to chart below). It might be fun to try though and if you do decide to go for it, I wish you the best of luck.


Here is a link that might be useful: Life Expectancy of Vegetable Seeds

RE: Tips for old seeds

Definitely should try it and report back to us. Soak them overnight, some say in soak in tea. Plant in moist sand, cover and keep at about 70OF.

If you really want the or think they may have value search university web sites for assistance. They may know to use something called gibbelenes.

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