Seeds forum: Expired Seeds

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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Jan 16, 2013 12:42 PM CST
Don't throw away seeds that show an expired date. You will probably get a high percentage germinate. I put some photos & results of seed that I had sown in the last few weeks. All were expired seed that I had bought last year or prior. Check out my blog for more info
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I think I will have to thin these. I wasn't expecting 99.9% germination since these were old seed
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Jan 16, 2013 1:17 PM CST
Wow - that's a lot of alyssum!

Thanks for the tip, Joanne. Thumbs up
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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Jan 16, 2013 1:22 PM CST
Yes, Thinning may be necessary.
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jan 16, 2013 3:01 PM CST

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On the other hand, hunks of alyssum are pretty. I use multi-seed pellets to get that effect. Thumbs up

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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Jan 16, 2013 4:54 PM CST
Karen, you convinced me. I'm going with the clumps
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jan 16, 2013 5:48 PM CST

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Thumbs up I think you'll like the effect. I've never planted them as single seedlings. Now, I've been using these seeds, and the multi-seed pellets each grows a little hunk of it's own, about 3 or 4 seedlings.

http://www.harrisseeds.com/storefront/p-13012-alyssum-clear-...

Then, I plant several hunks close together for a real clump.
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Karen
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Jan 16, 2013 6:35 PM CST
Yes 3 or 4 is a nice clump. I might split my plugs since they are more light 10 in one
Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Jan 16, 2013 7:14 PM CST

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that looks great Karen
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jan 16, 2013 7:25 PM CST

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Thanks. I love that cultivar of allysum.

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woofie
Jan 17, 2013 6:25 PM CST
Alyssum seeds seem to keep very well, in my experience. I usually run out of seeds long before they lose viability!
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oldherbacious
Jan 18, 2013 6:11 PM CST
When it comes to seeds now is always better than not Smiling

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