Seed Life - Knowledgebase Question

Tempe, AZ
Question by WRLDCHANGE
February 19, 1999
I am preparing a storehouse of things for y2k preparedness.
I am planning on buying a large quantity of seeds, but I want to know how long they will keep in storage? A year? A couple of years? Your expert advice and knowledge will be greatly appreciated.


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Answer from NGA
February 19, 1999

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Seeds vary greatly in terms of their storage life. Storage conditions also greatly affect how long they will remain viable. In general, cold conditions, low moisture levels and sealed containers are the best option. Many gardeners store the seed packets in the refrigerator or freezer to lengthen their life. Properly stored vegetable seed should keep from two to five years, depending on the species.

For more information check out the following web page. I think you'll find it a wealth of information:
http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/PUBS/GARDEN/07221.html

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