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Feb 10, 2014 12:44 PM CST
|I have some squash seeds that are dated 2009 I found in my drawer while cleaning out some papers. Do you think they are still good? Cucumber seeds dated 2010. |
Cilantro seeds probably 2011.
birdhouse gourds from 2010.
wild columbine 2011
white zinnias from 2008
Cosmos from 2010.
Can I still use these or should I toss them?
Feb 10, 2014 1:04 PM CST
|Many seeds hold their germination rate very well over many years. What you can do is test the germination by sowing a few of each variety into a little container of soil and see how many germinate. That'll tell you which ones are worth keeping.|
I've germinated tomato seeds that were over 10 years old.
Feb 10, 2014 1:08 PM CST
|I would plant them all. I plant outdated seeds all the time and a goodly portion come up. I bet those squash and cucumber especially pop right up.|
Feb 10, 2014 1:14 PM CST
|ok great! I will definitely give it a go then ! |
Feb 12, 2014 8:05 AM CST
|I once found a rotted paper seed packet, illegible parts of which were still sticking to the foil packet enclosing seed. I planted them and that is how I got my thyme bushes. Heavens knows how old it was.|