Seeds forum: Old seeds 2006

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Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Mar 20, 2015 8:12 PM CST
Found a package of bitter melon seeds from 2006 given to me by my neighbor. Placed them in damp paper towel and, lo and behold, germination! Transplanted them into pots.
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Name: ursula
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Mutisia
Mar 20, 2015 8:35 PM CST
WOW! Congratulations!

Did you keep them in the refrigerator?
Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Mar 20, 2015 8:58 PM CST
Hi Ursula,
No, I didn't but they were kept in a cabinet in the kitchen. I've heard some seeds will last a long, long time so I guess this is one of them. Hopefully they will do well...
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Name: ursula
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Mutisia
Mar 20, 2015 9:55 PM CST
Hi Betsy!

How I wish we had not the draught punishing us for 6 years now, to be able to sow so many seeds I still have from old exchanges at the other site!

Happy Gardening Season for everybody in the Northern Hemisphere!


Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Mar 24, 2015 12:57 PM CST
I've germinated cosmos and marigold seeds that were in 8 year old opened packets in a cupboard, I was amazed the survived!
Name: woofie
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woofie
Apr 5, 2015 6:45 PM CST
That's interesting, Keith. I haven't had much luck with Marigold seeds that old!
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Seedfork
Apr 11, 2015 10:43 AM CST
I know marigolds have the reputation of being childs play to grow, it is often used in school projects with kids. I seem to have the hardest time even with new marigold seeds. They do better for me left to their own resources in the garden, Love having the volunteers.
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chelle
Apr 11, 2015 10:54 AM CST
Seedfork said:I know marigolds have the reputation of being childs play to grow, it is often used in school projects with kids. I seem to have the hardest time even with new marigold seeds. They do better for me left to their own resources in the garden, Love having the volunteers.


Same here, except I don't get volunteers until it's too late in the season to get blooms from the new plants. They must need hotter (and drier??) conditions than what I provide.
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