The Q&A Archives: Seeds

Question: I have following questions:
A. I ordered Burpee seeds for Morning glories. They have germinated well. Can I store the left over seeds for the next season ie July/aug 2001?

B. I am planning to order some more flower seeds for 2001 ( to plant in Jul/Aug 2001) Can I order them now?

C. I planted Spanish Flag (Mina Lobata), ordered from Burpee, seeds in Aug and they germinated well and have planted them in my garden. In Sep, when the temp was a little mild, I planted some more seeds but it is almost a month the seeds have not germinated. Oct is the hottest month in Karachi although it is the begining of winter. I need advice.

Answer: Leftover seeds can be successfully kept over the winter. Store the seeds in an airtight container, in a cool, dark location. I put mine in a jar, close the lid, and place the container on the floor of a seldom used closet. Next spring the seeds should be just fine.

You can order seeds from any current Burpee Catalog. They will be shipped as they are available. Order online at

Mina seeds can take 20-25 days to germinate in warm soils (70F-75F degrees). The seeds need to be chipped and soaked prior to planting 1/4" deep in warm soil. If you didn't chip and soak the seeds, they'll take some extra time to germinate. The seed coats will need to soften before the seeds can sprout. Have a little more patience and new little seedlings should appear in your garden within a few weeks.

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