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Why Gardeners Use Baggies

By mcash70
December 6, 2011

Small, plastic, resealable baggies are a gardener's friend. They can be found in the craft section, often with the beads. Use them to save your seeds, as well as for mailing small seeds to friends. They can also be used to germinate daylily seeds. Simply add a small piece of paper towel and moisten with distilled water. Works great as you can see the seed when it's ready to plant.

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Name: Linda
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quietyard
Dec 5, 2011 6:15 PM CST
This is a great tip ! Thumbs up I was not aware of these bags till Margaret shared some of her daylily seeds with me. Green Grin! I have now purchased them for my seed use. They are a real help when saving seeds. I have seen them at both Walmart and Michaels. Smiling
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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Dec 5, 2011 8:07 PM CST
I never thought of germinating in them.

By the way, humidity and oxygen DO diffuse slowly through the plastic and through the "zipper".

I have just a few large glassine envelopes, but those are great for bundling together several 2x3" plastic Ziplocks without taking up more space.

I've read that, if you have dust-like seeds trying to jump out of a plastic Ziplock due to static electricity, you can calm them down by wiping the OUTSIDE of the Ziplock with a clothes-dryer anti-static sheet.
Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Dec 6, 2011 10:33 AM CST
Very useful indeed, but ensure that your seeds are thoroughly dry before storing them in the sealed bags.

Great tip about germinating some seeds in them. Smiling
Ann

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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Dec 6, 2011 11:26 AM CST
Thanks for your comments Rick and Ann.

Rick, I like the dryer sheet tip, I am going to try it, I have some really tiny seeds to package.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
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RickCorey
Dec 6, 2011 12:32 PM CST
I find that taped-up waxed paper or glassine is even messier to get dust-like seeds out of than a Ziploc!

But many prefer glassine.

I live in a humid area, so I dry seeds for many weeks before sealing them in Ziplocs, then I put those into plastic jugs with a packet of silica gel to keep them dry right through their Ziplocs. Hopefully not TOO dry!

(I save 2 pound plastic jars that peanuts or peanut butter came in.)


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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Dec 6, 2011 2:28 PM CST
Where I live in BC it's pretty dry most of the year so no problem drying seeds.

The plastic jars are a good idea.
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Budgielover
Dec 6, 2011 2:43 PM CST
I will nick hardshelled seeds like MG's and put them in the bag in some hydrogen peroxide/water and put in a warm place like under a heat lamp and they usually start to swell overnite.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
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RickCorey
Dec 6, 2011 2:44 PM CST
>. I will nick hardshelled seeds like MG's and put them in the bag in some hydrogen peroxide/water

I use a plastic ice cube tray so I can soak a dozen varieties at once.
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
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Budgielover
Dec 6, 2011 3:22 PM CST
Sounds good. I just do multiple baggies since I can write the name of the variety on the baggie.
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Dec 6, 2011 3:27 PM CST
And for those seeds which still need to dry, I fold paper envelopes out of the advertising sections that come with the newspaper. Have a picture of how I fold them somewhere, but can't find it at the moment. Then when they've fully dried they can be transferred. Must say, most of my seeds are from hostas and the pods are often still moist when I bring them in.
Ann

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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Dec 6, 2011 3:41 PM CST
I splurged on a box of manila-paper coin envelopes from Staples for continued drying.

But coin envelopes were a waste of money. Now I save envelopes from bills and junk mail. I sometimes cut an envelope in half and staple the edges to get more paper envelopes. If I slit the envelope open, I fold it over and paper-clip it shut to prevent spills.

Before seeds go into the coin envelopes, I spread them thinly on basket-style coffee filters until they're dry to the touch. If blooms or pods had to be harvested while damp, I set the coffee filters on top of a pad of newspapers or a dry towel, to wick the water away faster. Also, I'll cover the top with a coffee filter or paper towel, and press the bloom between two towels to squeeze water out.

Don't store moldy seeds with clean seeds!

If there is any risk of insect eggs in a seed packet, just freeze it for a few days after it is very dry, to kill the eggs.

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