The Q&A Archives: Seed Storage

Question: What is the best way to store seeds--in a glass jar? Does Burpee sell seeds in a larger container than the packets? How long will the seeds keep their potential?<br><br>

Answer: Burpee's vegetable seeds can be bought in 5 lb packages and <br>if you need more just double or triple your order. <br><br>Seeds should be kept in air tight containers. The refrigerator is the best place to keep them, if there is room. If there's not enough room, keep them in the coolest place available.<br><br>Listed below are some seeds and how long they will remain viable:<br>Bean, Lima- 3 years<br>Bean, snap-3 years<br>Beet-4 to 6 years<br>Broccoli-5 years<br>Brussels Sprouts-5 years<br>Cabbage-5 years<br>Cauliflower-5 years<br>Celery-5years<br>Chinese Cabbage-5 years<br>Collard-5 years<br>Corn-2 years+<br>Cucumber-5 years<br>Eggplant-5 years<br>Kale-5 years<br>Kohlrabi-5 years<br>Lettuce-5 years<br>Okra-5 years<br>Onion-1 to 2 years<br>Parsnip-2 years<br>Pea, Garden-3 years<br>Pepper-2 years<br>Radish-3 years<br>Squash,Summer-4 to 5 years<br>Squash, Winter-4 to 5 years<br>Tomato-2 years<br>Turnip-3 years<br>

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