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Very old seeds

Posted by crypticfirefly z5 IL (My Page) on
Fri, Jan 6, 06 at 23:36

My mother recently found some cockscomb (Celeosia) seeds that my grandmother saved from the last bunch she grew, my mother remembers that they were especially beautiful. She would like to grow them as a memory of her mother.

The thing is, my grandmother never grew those flowers again after my grandfather died--in 1947. The seeds are in a glass jar and have been stored on a basement shelf since at least the mid 70's.

Any hope for these at all? Anything I should do to improve my chances if we do try growing them?

Any help would be appreciated.

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RE: Very old seeds

58 years is a long time for most seeds, and those seeds are probably no longer viable. But you never know, as some seeds have been known to have survived for over 2000 years. Never hurts to try, I say. You might want to try sowing them in a container outside (a.k.a. wintersowing), which sometimes coaxes older seeds to germinate when the weather warms up. I believe celosia is wintersowable. Split the seeds up for a few different methods, to be sure.

RE: Very old seeds

Yeah, give them a try a couple of different ways. Wouldn't that be special if they would grow! I've got my fingers crossed for you!

RE: Very old seeds

Please let us know what happens!..It would be lovely for you to be successful at germinating some of them...Now I want to go out and try growing Cockscomb too..(as if I have all the time and space in the world)...haha...GOOD LUCK!...GarednLove

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