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Silica Gel for Seed Storage

By stetchworth
September 25, 2011

When I buy vitamins, there is a little package in the container that absorbs moisture. I always save these and put them in my seed packets in case any moisture is still on the seeds.

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Sep 24, 2011 6:07 PM CST
I will start saving those things for sure! Big Grin
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plantladylin
Sep 24, 2011 6:40 PM CST
What a great tip ... especially good idea for those of us who live in humid area's! I am definitely going to try it!
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lovemyhouse
Sep 24, 2011 6:42 PM CST
You probably already know this, but gotta say it anyway. Make sure to keep those packets away from pets. Friend lost a dog who chewed one up.

But great idea for seeds, fer sure!
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Sep 24, 2011 6:57 PM CST
Super great tip!
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woofie
Sep 24, 2011 9:03 PM CST
And what better way to keep those packets away from pets, than to stuff them in with your seeds! Good idea!
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vic
Sep 25, 2011 3:37 AM CST
GREAT idea and with all the vitamins and supplements I take Whistling , my seeds will be plenty dry. Thumbs up
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Sep 25, 2011 6:00 AM CST
Great tip!
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Sep 25, 2011 8:54 AM CST
This is a great idea. Hurray!
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philljm
Sep 25, 2011 9:09 AM CST
I work in a lab and some of our reagents come with them. I have been saving them for a while now, and have actually given them a gifts to other gardening friends. Make sure you continue to store them in an airtight container until you pop them into your seed packets. ~ Jan
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Sep 25, 2011 12:19 PM CST
Really good tip I tip my hat to you.
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Sep 30, 2011 11:50 AM CST
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I've been saving the little stay dry things for some time now.
Just keep old pill bottles full of them.

ALSO GOOD FOR dried flowers, and anything you put in a zippered bag at a humid time of year.
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RickCorey
Aug 8, 2013 3:35 PM CST

If you need more drying power for a big tub that you open often, or all the desiccant packets you've saved become exhausted, you can make potent drying packets from the silica gel sold in craft stores to make dried flowers.

I put a tablespoon of silica gel into a paper coin envelope, or you could just fold or roll a smaller amount it into some paper and tape that closed.

http://garden.org/ideas/view/RickCorey/649/Silica-Gel-for-Dr...

You can also bake rice until it isn't-quite-brown, and use that as a mild desiccant.

There are also humidity cards with colored spots to show you how dry your jar or tub is.
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Aug 8, 2013 4:05 PM CST
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RickCorey
Oct 9, 2014 5:27 PM CST
You can tell how much drying power is left in your gel packets if you have a humidity gauge ($3 to $6):

http://www.petco.com/product/9424/Petco-Reptile-Habitat-Humi...

or a humidity card with colored spots:

Drierite relative humidity cards at 40 cents each:
https://secure.drierite.com/catalog3/page15b.cfm

ULINE humidity cards, $18 / 100 cards
http://www.uline.com/BL_1002/Humidity-Indicator
http://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/S-8028/Damage-Indicators...



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