The Q&A Archives: Packed For 2000

Question: Last summer I bought some seed packets on sale. It states on each package that they are packed for 2000. Will these seeds be too dated to plant in this year's garden?

Answer: Most seeds (such as tomatoes, peppers, squash, most annual flowers) are viable for longer than a year, with the probable exception of lettuce, onions and corn and a few others. The longer term viability also depends somewhat on how they have been stored. Even under the best of conditions, the germination rate of older seeds is usually a bit lower than fresher seed, so you might plant a few more than usual to compensate.

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