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Don't Toss Those Old Tomato Seeds Before Their Time!

By pardalinum
March 7, 2014

Tomato seeds can stay viable for many years. Just reseal the packet, place in a ziplock sandwich bag and store in the refrigerator crisper. I have had good germination on tomato seeds that were 10+ years old. As you can see, it is also useful to keep track of the number of remaining seeds in the packets from season to season. Without reopening the packet you will have the information at hand to know when to reorder seeds.

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Mar 8, 2014 7:31 AM CST
We like old/unusual/ varieties of tomatoes, so usually buy from obscure places...sometimes they disappear Sad so we DO keep seeds for many years sometimes, until we can at least grow our own to replace them. Up to now we have not stored in a refridgerator....but sealed sterilite boxes in a cool room. And seeds still grow. But using a fridge would work well I am SURE...on my MUST GET list! Thanks for the reminder...and for knowing we are not the only ones that hoarde seeds for years!
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Mar 8, 2014 2:18 PM CST
I have a packet of Sun Gold tomato seeds from 1987 that were stored in just old shoeboxes. Three or 4 years ago, I planted a bunch of them, hoping to get a few plants. I swear, every blessed one of those seeds germinated! Yeah, tomato seeds keep pretty well. Hilarious!
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