Storing seeds?

54641210dFebruary 26, 2013

How do I store extra seeds? And what's the maximum amount of time it'll stay viable?

I bought 60 seeds and I'm not sure if I should plant them all now, or store a part for later. Should I plant them all? I'm probably not going to get 100% germination, and not all that sprouts will live. Still, I don't want 40 Adenium plants to take care of right now.

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rcharles_gw(8a.)

Everyone stores seeds in a different way and it seems fairly diverse.
I store mine in the little plastic bag they usually come in, inside of a ziploc bag inside a Tupperware storage container in the crisper of my fridge.
All of my seeds of different types this way.
If you have 60 seeds, all of one species and hybrid. I would seed a portion and save the rest for later if you do not want too many.
Happy planting,
Rick

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 11:17PM
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chuy415

Good to know.... I just received about 50 seeds myself and plants a little more than half.. will try storing this way.. Thanks

Chuy

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 1:59PM
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MRI_Guy(5a)

Thanks for the info Rick, I'm in the same boat with 30 seeds on the way and intend to plant only about half of them...

Scott

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 5:41PM
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54641210d

How long can I keep them stored? I want my first batch to flower before I plant new seeds.

Josette

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 9:51PM
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rcharles_gw(8a.)

I am not sure if there is a absolute as to how long you can store the seeds.
The longer they are stored, the germination %'s can reduced.
When I got my first batch of seeds I got 6 different hybrid forms of 20 seeds each. I planted them all which was a fair number, but with all of the different variables, germination%, numbers that survive, etc. Also, knowing that they would not necessarily come true to pod or pollen parent and caudex development. I wanted to be able to keep what I could to see when I was fortunate enough to get a first bloom on seedling.

If you keep them until you get a bloom on one of the seedlings, the seed could end up being 1-2 years old.
Rick

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 11:29PM
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