Vegetables and Fruit forum: Viability of tomato seeds?

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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jan 14, 2013 11:57 AM CST
One supplier says their seeds are from 2006 to 2012.
And I am wondering if tomato seeds are good for that long?
I wonder if they test the germination rate every year?
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SongofJoy
Jan 14, 2013 12:29 PM CST
I understand that tomato seeds have 10 years of high viability storage and at 15 years, 50% viability though they say those take longer to germinate. If you want to store them truly long-term (more than 10 years) then you might want to freeze them in a well-sealed glass.
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dave
Jan 14, 2013 4:01 PM CST

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I went on a big seed saving binge back in 2001. Last year I germinated many varieties from that stash and didn't notice any germination issues at all.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jan 15, 2013 9:37 AM CST
Okay, that is good to know.
I'll keep my tomato seed stash.
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Joannabanana
Jan 17, 2013 7:33 AM CST
Here's a link that I had bookmarked for a few years, that lists out the longevity for many veggies & flowers

http://www.hillgardens.com/seed_longevity.htm
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jan 17, 2013 7:41 AM CST
Thanks! I knew there was a chart,but couldn't find it.

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