Seeds forum: General Advice for Older Seeds

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Name: Larry
Hill Country TX (Zone 8b)
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ricelg
Jan 20, 2018 5:06 PM CST
I've come into possession of some seeds from 2008 that for sentimental reasons, I'd like to give a shot at growing. Anyone have any general advice of tips specifically for older seed germination? They are Cape Gooseberries, so more of a warm weather-type plant.
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Jan 20, 2018 7:03 PM CST

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You might check germination using the damp paper towel/baggie method. Not familiar with gooseberries, but many seeds have a pretty substantial life span. Good luck with your experiment--please come back and let us know how this turns out.
Oxford UK (Zone 8a)
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longk
Jan 21, 2018 6:45 PM CST
Cape Gooseberries are Physalis aren't they? If so I would soak them in warm water for a day or two the same as any other member of the Solanaceae family including Iochroma which are a similar size seed. Physalis seeds have a naturally low rate of germination in my experience.
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Name: Larry
Hill Country TX (Zone 8b)
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ricelg
Jan 21, 2018 7:02 PM CST
You are correct! Thanks!

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