How Long Are Seeds Good For? - Knowledgebase Question

Roseville, MI
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Question by pattow
March 22, 2001
How long are seeds that I purchase viable for. Can I use last years seeds. Does the length of time you have them relate to how well they will work for you. If I can save them, how should I do it. thanks

Answer from NGA
March 22, 2001
Seeds can be saved, but the longer they are saved, the less likely they are to germinate. It's best to plant them within a year or two. Some seeds will still germinate after several years, but sow more thickly to make up for loss. Store seeds in an airtight container in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator (not the freezer).

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