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Last year's allium seeds

Posted by josko Cape Cod (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 20, 10 at 8:49

I know allium seeds are short lived, and am wondering whether to throw out last year's onion, shallot, scallion and leek seeds or try to sow them (in indoor flats) this winter. I'd like to end up with ~6 dozen plants of each.
It's not the cost of new seed, just a desire to use what I already have. The seeds were bought from Johnny's in Dec '09 and stored in ~60F dark cellar all summer. They all germinated great last spring.
Should I try to sow them and hope for the best, do some sort of a germination viability test, or toss them and order new ones? Thanks in advance


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RE: Last year's allium seeds

If you sow 5x as many seed as you need plants, it will probably work out fine. There is plenty of time to do a quick germination test if you are so inclined.

I keep my seed in a Tupperware in the back of the fridge, that keeps seed viable for considerably longer.


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RE: Last year's allium seeds

I keep mine for 3 - 4 years, there is still a decent (>50%) germination rate. After that, things go down hill fast. But I live in a very dry climate.

Ditto on the refrigeration.


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