Basil, Parsley, Oregano, Cilantro, Chive

booberry85(5)January 8, 2008

I have all of these seeds left over from the 2007 gardening season. Will I still be able to use them in 2008? How long do these seeds last? Right now they are stored in paper envelopes, in a shoe box, in my sewing room.

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

With the exception of the chives, most all seeds, assuming well dried before stored, will last for years. The seeds you buy marked "packed for 2008" were harvested, dried, and stored in 2007 (or earlier sometimes). ;)

Room temperature is fine or you can freeze or refrigerate the packets. I store mine in a glass jar in the freezer and get excellent germination rates even after 5 years. And seeds as old as 20 years have been germinated and grown by others.

Chives can be picky about germination but year old seeds should still give you good germination. After a year they fall off germinating rather quickly I have found.


    Bookmark   January 9, 2008 at 1:35PM
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Parsley only lasts about a year also.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2008 at 3:23PM
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Thanks so much!

    Bookmark   January 9, 2008 at 4:28PM
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