Shelf Life of Seeds - Knowledgebase Question

Carmel, IN
Question by jenewhouse
August 6, 1998
Will seeds that I have leftover from last year still grow if I plant them or is there a shelf life for seeds?


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Answer from NGA
August 6, 1998

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If seeds are properly stored they'll remain viable for several years. When saving seeds, place them in an air tight container and store them in a cool, dark location - the back of a cupboard or the floor of a closet would be perfect. If seeds are exposed to light, moisture or heat they'll lose viability in a hurry. If you stored your seeds properly, they should be just fine. If they weren't stored properly they may still sprout but the germination rate might be much lower than when they were new.

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