storing seeds

archoo16(5b, MO)June 18, 2012

Hi. I received some seeds of ridgegourd and Indian brinjal(eggplant) which I want to sow next year. what temps should i store them in. I also have some dwarf zinnia, dwarf daisy and dwarf nasturium seeds ( balcony gardener here :-D ) I got on sale yesterday which I want to use next year. How best can I store them? Any help would be appreciated.

I was thinking the eggplants and ridgegourd will Not like refridgeration, but correct me if I am wrong.

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I'm not really an expert but I have a ton of seeds which most of them have to wait about a year or two after I get them(I have a seed addiction and am always buying more! I cant stop) But I am pretty sure you can store all your seeds in the fridge, but you might want to wait for someone else's opinion with that. Make sure they are dry, when I save my own seeds I leave them to dry on a paper towel for about a month then put them in plastic bags, this way no moisture gets in, and if for some reason I leave the seeds outside they wont get wet. I'm not telling you to put them in plastic bags but just in case you save your own! haha

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 8:53PM
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archoo16(5b, MO)

:-D I do, I have some clarkia, bachelor's buttons , virginia stock , cosmos and annual baby's breath. I am waiting for the pods, now. Btw when do you collect bachelor's button's? I was waiting for a pod to mature, it looked greenish and not even remotely brown. We had some rain, and the next day it was all open , seeds well scattered :'( I dont want to remove it before its mature. Any idea about them?

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 11:43AM
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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

The professional long term storage areas, Norway's being most famous, are in caves where the temperatures are in the 50s, that would be F.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 1:34PM
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archoo16(5b, MO)

oooh! I learn some thing new everytime I visit this site :-D Thanks albert_135. As I am busy at the moment, Norway's out. I'll just stick them (seeds) in my fridge.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 10:30AM
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hmm not super sure about bachelors buttons? I grew them last year, I loved them! Had them in a pot with pansies(somehow they mad it through last year, maybe cause it was a colder summer) and the bachelor buttons were spilling over the edge, it was so pretty! Anyways, I tried collecting the seeds, but I got confused since I couldnt remember what they looked like and didnt know how to collect them. Also they didnt come back for me, so maybe even if the seeds scattered they might not be hardy, and I'm in zone 8 so hopefully you are able to save the seeds! Sorry I'm such a rambler...

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 8:17PM
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archoo16(5b, MO)

you are supposed to wait till the petals in the flower head dry and drop off on their own. The part where the petals join is the pod which becomes dry and brown . remove it from the plant and dry it inside beofre putting it in a paper envelope and store cool and dry. They look like tiny oblong greyish white things with hairy tops.

My problem with them is they dont seem to turn brown, but open before i collect them and scatter the seeds. You should see the pics in website.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 4:59PM
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Oh okay thanks for the tips! Maybe put like some tinfoil over spent flowers(pick the petals off), then you dont forget its there and when the pods opens you dont lose the seeds? I do that with my pansies

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 2:17PM
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archoo16(5b, MO)

tht should work, thanks Gloxonialover. I have them tagged by their color. I'll put the foil over the pods.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 5:49PM
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Dry and Cool! the refrigerator is good for storing seeds, but they MUST be kept in an airtight (glass!) jar. the reason is that the fridge is very humid, and plastic of any form will 'breathe' and allow the humidity to reach your seeds.

a safer bet is in a dark closet. eggplant, like all other seeds, should be stored in a cool & dry place.


    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 10:12AM
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archoo16(5b, MO)

Thanks Winston!

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 3:16PM
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My return to vegetable gardening started with an urge 3 years ago and no follow through... until this spring. I bought heirloom seeds in individual small plastic bags and put them all in mason jars and put them in the FREEZER. Was this a good thing? Well, three years later I decide to get back to my plan to start gardening again. I figure I'll have a low germination rate and maybe even have to buy seed all over again. Wrong! Not a single seed has failed! Tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, raddish, carrot, beet, butterscotch beans, cabbage, spinach, and broccoli so far. I am saving a bit of seed from everything (well, I'm not sure about the biennial beets and carrots just yet) and I plan to use the exact same storage technique since it worked out so well for me.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2012 at 11:06PM
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The freezer is a good place IF you are only taking your seeds out once or twice a year. You must also make sure they are completely dry before freezing, have them in an airtight container, and let the container come to room temp before opening. Properly frozen seeds will last pretty much forever. But taking them in and out a lot is not good as temp swing are not good and chances for moisture problems could occur. The fridge would follow suit on the freezer rules.
If you are trading seeds, and handling them often, the best place is a dry, cool, and dark place. A closet/drawer in a room that doesn't get hot and humid like on the north side of your home is ideal.
Most seeds kept like this will last 5 years or more. A few types of seeds do not last long. Thankfully there are only a few like onions.
Also there are a few seeds that can not be stored long term. They need to be planted immediately upon harvest/kept moist like some spring woodland plants and some fruits like apple or lime, but again those are more unusual and do not follow the regular seed norms.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 10:52AM
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Store in a glass jar in a dark cool place. You do not have to store seeds in a fridge. Seeds MUST be dry prior to storage. Dry seed in the shade, never in the sun, but it should be 100 degrees for at least 6 hours or more to achieve the proper "dryness". This can be done in an oven. Yes, I'm serious.

Here is a link that might be useful: Colorado State Extension

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 4:00PM
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I do not recommend doing the oven thing with seeds only for the fact of something going wrong. Also for the average person, letting the seed dry for a few weeks on paper towels on plate before putting away works just fine. I also recommend storing in paper envelops not plastic.
Then storing in a dry, cool, and dark area of the home woks just fine. As I said before, most seeds will last 5 years or more store that way.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 11:17PM
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