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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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.
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.
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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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. Birgit
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.
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?
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