Seed Storage - Knowledgebase Question

Rock Island, Il
Question by sharpesrunne
April 3, 2009
I left seeds in a garage that fell below freezing many times over winter, still worth planting?

Answer from NGA
April 3, 2009


It depends upon the types of seeds. Some will take freezing temperatures and others won't. Try a test germination where you place several seeds between dampened paper towels (sealed in a plastic bag) and left in a warm place such as a kitchen counter. Check the seeds in a week. Count how many have sprouted and that will give you an approximate germination percentage. If all the seeds are viable, you can plant as usual. If only a half or a third sprout, double or triple the number of seeds you plant in a single hole. Best wishes with your seeds.

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