Seed Storage - Knowledgebase Question

Key Biscayne, FL
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Question by lfcurtin
March 18, 1998
What is the best way to store seeds--in a glass jar? Does Burpee sell seeds in a larger container than the packets? How long will the seeds keep their potential?

Answer from NGA
March 18, 1998
Burpee's vegetable seeds can be bought in 5 lb packages and
if you need more just double or triple your order.

Seeds should be kept in air tight containers. The refrigerator is the best place to keep them, if there is room. If there's not enough room, keep them in the coolest place available.

Listed below are some seeds and how long they will remain viable:
Bean, Lima- 3 years
Bean, snap-3 years
Beet-4 to 6 years
Broccoli-5 years
Brussels Sprouts-5 years
Cabbage-5 years
Cauliflower-5 years
Chinese Cabbage-5 years
Collard-5 years
Corn-2 years+
Cucumber-5 years
Eggplant-5 years
Kale-5 years
Kohlrabi-5 years
Lettuce-5 years
Okra-5 years
Onion-1 to 2 years
Parsnip-2 years
Pea, Garden-3 years
Pepper-2 years
Radish-3 years
Squash,Summer-4 to 5 years
Squash, Winter-4 to 5 years
Tomato-2 years
Turnip-3 years

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