Seeds - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by pockets2wk
February 11, 2010
How long will seeds last? I found some packages from several years ag o and I was wondering if they would sill grow?

Answer from NGA
February 11, 2010


As they age, seeds begin to lose viability but if they have been stored in a cool, dry place, their lives will be extended. You can test your seeds for viability by placing a few on a moist papertowel, sealing it in a plastic bag and setting it in a warm place. Check the seeds at 7 day intervals. If they sprout, the rest of the package can be planted with confidence. If they don't sprout, or just a few sprout, you'll want to replace the seeds with fresh ones or at least sow 2-3 seeds at a time in a single hole so you'll be sure at least one plant will grow.

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