Seeds forum: 15 year old Dipsacus fullonum seeds - An experiment

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Nov 30, 2013 9:28 AM CST
I lived in England for a few years in the late 90's. Just this morning I came across an old plastic film can with Teasel seeds I had collected in 1998. I was pretty sure they were dust by now but was amazed to see most of them intact! Out of curiosity I took one of them and cut it in two and was astounded to see white inside. Just for the heck of it, I've taken half and sown them in soil. It will be interesting to see if any germinate.

Being essentially weeds, I'm thinking they have a pretty long shelf life. Stay tuned for results!


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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Nov 30, 2013 10:56 AM CST
It is good if gardeners test older seeds for germination.
I recently came across a few hull less oats seeds from 2011.
Ten out of ten germinated on moist paper towel.
But martagon lily seeds from 2011---only 2 germinated out of many seeds.

Let us know how the 15 year old seeds do?
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Birds Cat Lover Greenhouse Tropicals Bulbs
Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus Hybridizer Garden Sages Butterflies
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Xeramtheum
Nov 30, 2013 4:23 PM CST
I certainly will. I keep records of the last successful germination date of all my seeds and I also grow out 10 of the oldest seeds I have every year for fresh seeds. I've had amazing success with 10 year old datura metel seeds!

The Teasel seeds have remained remarkably fresh looking for their age. The digital age gardeners probably don't know about the plastic 35mm film canisters and how awesome they were for storing seeds.
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

G'Kar
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Peonies Lilies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing
Bulbs Region: Canadian Garden Ideas: Master Level Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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CarolineScott
Dec 1, 2013 6:54 AM CST
I remember those!

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