Seed Storage - Knowledgebase Question

Birmingham, AL
Question by messina
July 7, 1998
I have purchased your vegetable and herb seeds at a local garden store. Since my garden is medium sized (150 sq. ft.) I do not plant all of the seeds from each packet. What is the best way to store seeds so they can be used for a spring and fall crop (spinach, lettuce), or a winter indoor crop of some herbs (basil, parsley) or pepper seeds to be used next year?


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Answer from NGA
July 7, 1998

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Heat, light and humidity are all enemies of seeds. Store your leftover seeds in an airtight container in a cool, dark location such as the back of a cupboard or floor of a closet. Write yourself a note, though, so you don't forget where you've put them! Properly stored seeds should remain viable for several years. The longer you keep the seeds, the lower the percentage of germination. You can solve this problem by planting twice as many seeds as normal, if you have seeds that are extremely old.

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