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How To Organize Your Seeds or Confessions of a Seedaholic

By DomehomeDee
February 2, 2017

When I first started “seeding” I kept my seeds in a shoebox, but then I read the seeds could benefit from being refrigerated, so the shoebox turned into a plastic box in the refrigerator. As my seed collection grew, so did the boxes, and then one Christmas I received a mini-frig from my chef husband. He wanted me out of the kitchen and the refrigerator.

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Name: Leslie
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Lalambchop1
Feb 2, 2017 7:04 AM CST
Fantastic idea Dee! Now my basement "flower fridge" can hold more than frozen daylily pollen and gatorade.

Are there any seeds that should NOT be put in there?
Leslie

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Name: woofie
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woofie
Feb 2, 2017 9:46 AM CST
I could be wrong, but I'm guessing that Japanese Morning Glory (Ipomoea nil) seeds would not appreciate being refrigerated. I'm basing that on the fact that I have NEVER had volunteers from the JMGs I've grown, but I get lots from the I. purpureas and an occasional I. tricolor.
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Name: Dee Moore
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DomehomeDee
Feb 2, 2017 11:53 AM CST
You know they don't freeze in there so I don't think it will hurt anything. The more tropical plant seeds don't "need" to go in there but I think it does more good than harm. It is a "dry" cold, not like putting seeds in some damp soil in the fridge and trying to simulate winter. Think about it, most places in the world are below say zone 10 and get cool winter temps. I'm in zone 9a and we get an occasional light freeze in January. Being in California 9a my plants can get so confused, a little warmth they think it's spring then it gets cold again and they just sit there confused, my daffodils have been up since November and the leaves are about 18" tall now.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Feb 2, 2017 12:14 PM CST
DomehomeDee said:You know they don't freeze in there so I don't think it will hurt anything.


You haven't met my refrigerator. Hilarious!

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Name: Mary
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Pistil
Feb 2, 2017 1:04 PM CST
I keep some of my saved seeds in the fridge. My understanding is that dry cold keeps many seeds alive for a very very long time, even tropical ones so I work hard to keep them very dry- I have a plastic bin with a rubber gasket so it seals tightly, then put a dish of "Closet Dry" in there to absorb any water in the air. A dish of it seems to work for about a year, then it starts looking moist and I replace it. I think if you did this you could even keep your binders in there. Those cigar boxes sure look neat, and the exact size for your bags!
Using the fridge for cool moist "stratification" is different, these are seeds I am trying to sprout and they must be moist. Woofie is correct, most tropicals certainly do not want that!
Name: Dee Moore
Arroyo Grande, CA (Zone 9a)
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DomehomeDee
Feb 2, 2017 2:30 PM CST
I wish I would have thought about using desiccant with the binders. What I have in there now is nice and water tight. Maybe I'll stick some in the tray below the freezer part, that's where I get moisture, especially in summer.

Anyone interested in some of these cigar tins let me know they are 4 1/4" x 3" X just over 1/2". They hold the 3" plastic baggies from WalMart if you fold the top down.
Name: greene
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greene
Feb 2, 2017 7:27 PM CST
You have the best husband in the entire world. Please give him a hug from me ( Group hug and my dogs). Anyone who would give a gardener a mini-frig to be used for seed storage is A#1!!! Thumbs up
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Name: Dee Moore
Arroyo Grande, CA (Zone 9a)
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DomehomeDee
Feb 2, 2017 8:50 PM CST
He appreciates the thought. He's also the cigar smoker who I get all the tins from, LOL. Thank You!
Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
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LorettaNJ
Feb 5, 2017 6:05 PM CST
I was wondering about those tins. I like those. Maybe I should go dumpster diving at the local cigar bar.
I still use the binder and pokemon card holders.
Name: Dee Moore
Arroyo Grande, CA (Zone 9a)
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DomehomeDee
Feb 5, 2017 7:43 PM CST
Loretta I'd gladly send you some, how many would you like?
You can reimburse me postage. I've been saving them because, well, they're to nice to just trash. But honestly they only have a few uses being smallish.
Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
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LorettaNJ
Feb 6, 2017 6:29 PM CST
Your very kind, Dee but actually for now, the binder is good enough and if I have bulk, you know I won't be keeping it now.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Feb 8, 2017 10:30 AM CST
I do love organization! Being ADD, I don't have the gene or something. But I admire it. My seeds...some in jars on a shelf, some in bags, some in a plastic container. Some are lost and gone forever...alas!
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