Packed For 2000 - Knowledgebase Question

Hillsboro, OH
Question by SamBoling
March 1, 2001
Last summer I bought some seed packets on sale. It states on each package that they are packed for 2000. Will these seeds be too dated to plant in this year's garden?

Answer from NGA
March 1, 2001


Most seeds (such as tomatoes, peppers, squash, most annual flowers) are viable for longer than a year, with the probable exception of lettuce, onions and corn and a few others. The longer term viability also depends somewhat on how they have been stored. Even under the best of conditions, the germination rate of older seeds is usually a bit lower than fresher seed, so you might plant a few more than usual to compensate.

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