Planting Last Year's Seeds? - Knowledgebase Question

Manchester, NH
Question by novembri
March 28, 2001
I have some seeds from last year. They were left in the cold over the winter in a garage. Will they still be okay to plant this year?

Answer from NGA
March 28, 2001


Usually it is better to protect them from temperature extremes, but you could try pregerminating some to see. Fold some seeds in a damp paper towel and wrap that in plastic wrap. Set it in a warm location out of direct sun. Check frequently for germination. This will give you an idea of the viability at this point and you can use that to judge proportionately how many seeds to plant and if you need to replace any.

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