Seed Saving-long term storage
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I need some help with the above,I have many,many packets of seeds, and due to a change in my circumstances at the moment I won’t be planting any.This could be the situation for 2-3yrs.I want to keep what I have bought so how do I store them for the best chance of them staying good,or goodish.What about in a vacuum pack?
The first point is to protect the seeds from vermin, so a secure box (from everything down to an ant size, but not exactly air tight) is a good start.
The next point is that protection from moisture is absolutely necessary … dried seeds in brown paper bags, inside the first level of protection above, is good for this … the paper tends to soak up any residual moisture in the seed.
Then there is seed viability. A lot of seed will keep for a few years (some for many 10’s or 100’s of years). Some seed won’t keep at all, no matter how lovely you make things for them.
Keeping the vermin and the moisture out is a great start.
Here’s a link that might be handy (only had a cursory glance, but not too shabby on seed keeping time-frames … don’t forget that you loose viability, rather than loosing all of them at the expiry of the time, so if you have a hundred seeds of something that is only destined, or described, as lasting a year, and you keep it for three … a few may still sprout and grow after storage).
Haven’t seen you about for ages HT, what’s going on? :wave: :hug: :kiss1:
If all else fails HT…I’ll grow them for you! 😆
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