Germinating Corn - Knowledgebase Question

Brewerton, NY
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Question by liverpool7
June 6, 1998
Does the age of a seed matter? I have some from 1989.


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Answer from NGA
June 6, 1998
Seed loses viablilty as it ages, but if properly stored, seed can last for years. If you've kept your seed in an air tight container, in a cool, dark location, there's a good chance that some of it will sprout. Try this simple germination test: place 10 seeds between the folds of a damp paper towel and place in a plastic baggie. Check the seeds in 10-14 days. Count how many have sprouted and that will give you the approximate percentage of germination. Then you can plant accordingly - if only five germinate, you'll know you need to plant 2 instead of one to get a plant. Good luck!

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