The Q&A Archives: Seed Storage

Question: I left seeds in a garage that fell below freezing many times over winter, still worth planting?

Answer: It depends upon the types of seeds. Some will take freezing temperatures and others won't. Try a test germination where you place several seeds between dampened paper towels (sealed in a plastic bag) and left in a warm place such as a kitchen counter. Check the seeds in a week. Count how many have sprouted and that will give you an approximate germination percentage. If all the seeds are viable, you can plant as usual. If only a half or a third sprout, double or triple the number of seeds you plant in a single hole. Best wishes with your seeds.

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