The Q&A Archives: Seed Life

Question: If I purchase seeds this year to be planted next year or the year after. Will they still be good? For how long?

Answer: Most seeds will retain viability for several years if they're stored properly. Place your seeds in an air tight container and store them in a cool, dark location. I put mine in mason jars, screw the lid down tight, and put them on the floor in the back of a closet. Heat and humidity are the biggest enemies of stored seed, hungry critters are next on the list. Keep your seeds safe and they'll be good for 2-3 years. After that the germination rate will be somewhat lower, but a good percentage should sprout for you when you're ready to plant them.

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