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questions about saving seeds over to the next season

Posted by lroberge 5 (My Page) on
Mon, Jan 21, 08 at 17:51

Greetings! I have several questions that I would appreciate others input on.

If I have seed (in packet) from the last seasdon, can I save it for the next season? Examples: tomato, pepper, carrots, radish.

Also, if saving seeds is Ok for one year, then why not purchase seed for the next year, when the garden stores are having discount or clearance sales (as in June or July), then save the seed until the next year?

If properly storeds, the seeds should be good until the next year and the gardener will save some money in the purchasing of the seeds...right?

Any thoughts?

Lawrence


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RE: questions about saving seeds over to the next season

There are quite a few seeds that can be saved over a season (or two or three). Things like tomatoes peppers and radishes can be saved for a couple years with minimal changes in germination. However, things like carrots and alliums lose their viability over the course of a year. Generally, you'll experience poorer germination rates.

Seeds should be kept in a cool dry place. Heat and humidity can destroy the seeds.

Here's a chart, with the general rule of thumb about seed storage.

Here is a link that might be useful: Seed storage


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RE: questions about saving seeds over to the next season

Here is a link to the FAQ for this forum (linked on the forum front page). The FAQ's were written to address all your questions on how to save seed, which ones can be saved, how to harvest, how to store, etc.

Dave

Here is a link that might be useful: Seed Saving FAQ's


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RE: questions about saving seeds over to the next season

The list suggested by Booberry gave four years for tomato seeds. A List I saw a year or two back gave six years. So there is a range of years, rather than just one single number.


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RE: questions about saving seeds over to the next season

I just winter sowed Nicotiana Sl. flower seed that were 10 yrs old & got 80% germination. They were stored properly.


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