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9/20/11 3:20 P

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I had some of the same questions, so thanks for this thread and the helpful tips/links everyone!

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9/18/11 8:37 P

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Wonderful idea!

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9/18/11 1:11 P

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Since the advent of digital cameras, they have become much less available, but film canisters are still the best things I have found to keep saved seeds. They are moisture proof and keep out light.

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9/17/11 8:01 P

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I keep seeds in an envelope, cool place and use them for a couple of years. I save seeds from all my garden foods and use them the next year. Some don't always work but most do and It saves money, that is the name of the game.

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9/16/11 4:14 P

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Wow that is a great informative list! emoticon emoticon



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9/15/11 11:12 P

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Here is a site that says how many years the seed should be good for
www.hillgardens.com/seed_longevity.h
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9/15/11 9:05 P

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I tape the envelope closed and keep them in a sealed plastic container in the (unheated) garage. I've used them two or three years after they were purchased and most seem to germinate. I also store the heirloom seeds that I save from the garden each year.

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I had no problem copy and pasting the link, but they have an awful lot of steps for me to store a few extra seeds. I am not organized enough for that.

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9/14/11 10:49 P

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It opened for me and was I happy! That was a very good article and I have bookmarked it to save for year after year. Here is the link you can just click on to open.

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I double checked the link. It IS there. hmmmm

Did you copy and paste it or did you right click on it?

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That link didn't take me anywhere. I keep mine in the refrigerator for at least 8 weeks...sealed.

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JUST discovered this, to confuse the issue: http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-
grow/top-10-tips-storing-seeds?page=0,
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top_10_tips_for_storing_seeds

I think I'm just going to toss mine. LOL

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9/13/11 9:54 P

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I store my seeds in the packet they came in, closed with a paper clip. I place them in the fridge drawer.

I've been using the seeds for about 3 years now. LOL

Some of them do not germinate. But I hate to throw anything away. Tight budget.

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9/13/11 9:47 P

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Most seeds are good for several years. I store mine by paper clipping the seed pack closed then putting several in a ziplock bag and put it in a cabinet in a room that is cooler than most of the house in the winter.

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9/13/11 9:29 P

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I usually just keep them in the same packet they came in and store them in a tupperware container. Most are fine like this for me but there are some that are a bit touchier with the date. Lettuce seeds seem to last forever.

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I've been told to put them in a sealed container, keep them in the dark and to freeze them until next season. They will rejuvenate just fine from what I was told.

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There are two factors involved: moisture content (should be low) and temperature (should be low). If the temperature is low (outside) but the moisture is high the seeds will die. There is also some difference between different seeds. I believe slightly above refrigerator temps (40's ) is fairly safe. If they are frozen there may be a special procedure for thawing.
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I just keep them in air tight packages in room temperature and they are fine for 3-5 years (maybe longer but I never have enough left over to try). The older they are the fewer germinate but most are still viable.
That date on the package is the date they were packed, not an expiration date. I definitely would not store them in the freezer. If you could store them in a freezer, you could also plant them in the fall, and they would come up in the spring despite the fact that the ground froze; but with very few exceptions, they don't.

Just avoid temperature extremes, and they will be fine. I put mine in freezer bags and try to get out as much air as possible.






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I store mine in the "meat" drawer in my fridge. Some do well some don't. A great test is to do what Garden Girl suggested. I've heard the freezer is better but I don't have the room for all of my seeds.



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Store them somewhere cool and dry. In the spring, try to see if some of them will germinate by wetting them and checking to see if they sprout. Some seeds are more sensitive than others.

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I just planted about a dozen seeds each for lettuce, kale, and spinach. Can I just keep them in the packages to use again come Spring or do I have to stick them in the freezer so they will still germinate next year?

Do they really expire as the package says?



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