Germination rate of 11year old stored seeds

angel_z5May 6, 2012

I want to pass along some info to people that save seeds(or students). I saved seeds from 2001 in quart mason jars containing a few ounces of desiccant. They were generally stored at ~70'F, at normal air pressure.

I germinated them 11 years later in 2012 with the following germination rate results:

cucumber..........100%

tomato.............80%

lettuce type-1......0%

lettuce type-2......0%

Supports the paradigm, that larger seeds have better germination rates.

Not 2000 year old seeds, like the recently germinated "methuselah date palm". but maybe of interest to seed savers.

Always an...Angel

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lori_ny(5)

That's neat!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 5:46PM
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xenobleps(z4 MN)

I planted some 19 year old chile seeds this year. 2/3's came up promptly. The seeds were from chiles which were dried, put in a jar, then treated as a seasoning agent for a couple decades.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 2:43AM
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