Seeds forum: Seed Organization

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Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
Keeps Sheep Daylilies Hybridizer Garden Photography Cat Lover Hummingbirder
Birds Region: South Carolina Plant and/or Seed Trader Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2 Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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Lalambchop1
Jan 12, 2018 11:18 AM CST
Hi Everyone,
I've done several swaps now and have lots of seeds but am not sure how I want to store them. One way would be to organize according to when they would be sown. Another would be by category, i.e. herbs, ground covers, shade seeds, etc.

I'd appreciate your suggestions.
Leslie

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
Near Seattle
Bookworm Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Plays in the sandbox Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter
Winter Sowing
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Pistil
Jan 12, 2018 12:47 PM CST
I have tried various things. What I did this year which seems to work the best, is have a little box for categories like "Wintersow", "Sow outside in spring", "Sow under lights" or "Deno in fridge", "Deno on counter" and a box of the unknowns that I need to investigate how to sprout them. Within the categories I do it alphabetically by genus and species.
I used to have a separate box for trees and shrubs, ground covers, but it was not useful, as they would then have to be merged with the other categories.
When organizing the seeds I am collecting and processing for myself and swapping, I do it in a completely separate container, and organize alphabetically. Again I use genus and species, the organization on the website by common name is just too confusing, a single species sometimes in three or four places depending on how the name is entered for varieties. This does make it kinda annoying when I get ready to send things as my list is organized a different way from my seeds. Wish Dave would give us the option of sorting by scientific name.
Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
Keeps Sheep Daylilies Hybridizer Garden Photography Cat Lover Hummingbirder
Birds Region: South Carolina Plant and/or Seed Trader Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2 Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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Lalambchop1
Jan 12, 2018 1:58 PM CST
Pistil said:Wish Dave would give us the option of sorting by scientific name.


It would be quite a hassle to change over to using the latin names first but I surely wish we would too. It would save a lot of confusion and keep categories together.

Leslie

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
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LorettaNJ
Feb 14, 2018 8:50 PM CST
I store the seed packs in Pokemon card holders in binders alphabetically. I find they are easier to see than digging through boxes. You could do separate binders or sections for each of your categories.
Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
Keeps Sheep Daylilies Hybridizer Garden Photography Cat Lover Hummingbirder
Birds Region: South Carolina Plant and/or Seed Trader Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2 Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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Lalambchop1
Feb 15, 2018 8:28 AM CST
Loretta, do you then put the binders in the fridge?

I have mine in legal envelopes in a cardboard box that I've cut down to half the size of the envelope. I have two of them and can fit them in the space where one of my crisper drawers used to be. One is for me and the other is for trade seeds. The ones for me are in full sized envelopes. For the trade seeds I cut the envelopes in half and stand them up with the open side up. I write the name of the seed on the top right side of the envelope and then alphabetize them. With the envelope being cut in half it makes a good size for storing the trade sized seed bags or the whole seed package if I haven't sorted them into the bags yet.
Leslie

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
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LorettaNJ
Feb 15, 2018 2:27 PM CST
Leslie, I like your avatar! So cute!
I only keep certain seeds in the fridge. Either those that are stratifying or those with a short life. I just keep them in an old chinese soup container since their quantities are limited. If they have such a short life, I usually sow them right away.

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