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?


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Answer from NGA
April 3, 2009

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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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