Oh no! Accidental extreme seed saving...

SammyG(7)January 1, 2011

After moving into a new house back in September, I finally unpacked the last of our boxes this past weekend. Guess what I found? Containers of seeds that I had saved BACK IN 2007. They are Black Eyed Susan, Pink Cone Flower, and some Champion.

Is there any hope for these seeds? Should I just try to germinate some and see what happens?

Seeds are pretty new to me- I tried it a few years back with minimal success (but plan to do my research this time around!).

Thanks for any suggestions :)

-Samantha

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remy_gw

Hi Samantha,
They should be viable to some extent. Exposure to high heat and/or humidity lowers germination rates. Time also lowers germination rates, but 3 years isn't that long for those seeds. So if you had them stored in halfway decent conditions these past few years, you will get germination.
Remy

    Bookmark   January 2, 2011 at 9:31AM
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SammyG(7)

An update, many months later!!

I winter-sowed a bunch of them back in January and most of them germinated! I was shocked and thrilled! :)

The campion didn't flower this year, but the pink cone flower and black eyed susans produced a few plants that have flowers on them right now.

Yay for my first experience with winter sowing!

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 12:11PM
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