OK to plant last year's seeds?

ashleysf(9 San Jose,CA)February 4, 2010

I have a bunch of seed packets labeled for sale in 2009. I bought way too many seeds and did not get to use all of them. Are these seeds still viable in 2010? I am assuming they are. If so, they would save me a trip to the nursery.

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sewobsessed

They should be fine as they usually are viable for many years. Here is just one of many charts available (flowers listed below veg): seed longevity chart

    Bookmark   February 4, 2010 at 3:38PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

you ought to know.. within 7 to 14 days .. whether or not.. another trip is necessary ...

ken

    Bookmark   February 4, 2010 at 3:58PM
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ashleysf(9 San Jose,CA)

Thanks, sewobsessed and ken_adrian. I went ahead and planted them. And yes, i will know in a couple of weeks whether they are viable or not :)

    Bookmark   February 5, 2010 at 12:24AM
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calliope(6)

You know, how long seeds will stay viable varies greatly from one plant to another, and also how you stored those seeds. Generally many will germinate when they're that old. I have had canna seeds germinate after excavating for a septic system, I know for a fact were at least thirty years old. But, I've had some seed not make it the next year. The more typical effect of age is just a decrease in the germination rate. Yes, I most certainly do sow seeds I've had for a year and generally been successful.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2010 at 2:13AM
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