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Mar 19, 2018 9:59 AM CST
Name: Joe
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Lilies Region: New York Seed Starter Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Level 1
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As my lily addiction continues, so does the seed collection! I'm have most of my seeds in paper coin envelopes, glasseine, or mini ziplock bags. Then they are put into ziplock freezer bags and labeled. My problem is that this needs to be organized neatly. Between my hybridizing and outside source seeds I was thinking of doing some thing like the above pictured box. I have lots of paper envelopes and I can put everything into uniform style coin envelopes.

Anyone have any good ideas or tips? Also does any one store the paper envelopes in the freezer without being covered in plastic as well? How do you guys prefer to store and have you noticed a pluses to glasseine vs. plastic vs paper? Thanks.
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Mar 19, 2018 10:33 AM CST
Name: Lee-Roy
Bilzen, Belgium (Zone 8a)
Region: Belgium Composter Region: Europe Ferns Hostas Irises
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Paper has its advantage in that it still breathes. However with thoroughly dried seeds and stored cool (fridge/freezer) glass jars and plastic shouldn't be a problem.

I'm thinking of - when my potting shed is finally built (sometime...) - a sort of spice rack, storing the seeds inside tiny glass spice jars (like ones from Ikea) and hanging them from a top bar in a low fridge. The bar makes it easy to slide the different racks aside to acces others.
Store according to flower/veg, genus/species or just alphabetical....

Ofcourse this is all to your choosing. At the moment I'm storing the few seeds I have in glass weck jars in a cool and dark unused room and they're doing fine.

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Most important is that it's flexible and to your liking
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Mar 19, 2018 1:06 PM CST
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
Forum moderator Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Sempervivums Lilies Hybridizer
Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member Pollen collector Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
For me the most important thing is to store them in an orderly way that makes it easy to find what I am looking for so I don't have to have my seeds out of the freezer very long.

It took me too many years to tweak this. *Blush* Now they are stored by division with sequential numbering related to a table or spreadsheet. It looks like you do this now, Joe? Separating by division reduces the amount of packets to go through, just go to that division then find the numbered packet.

My stored lily seeds are in coin envelopes in freezer containers (each container labeled as to division). They are not alphabetical in the freezer but my electronic data is alpha numerical.
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Mar 19, 2018 1:31 PM CST
Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Joe, what about those plastic recipe card storage box? I'm thinking you could get different colored ones so you have a certain color designated for each division. Or maybe a craft store woukd l might have something cheap.
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Mar 19, 2018 1:46 PM CST
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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The top shelf of my freezer represents 20 years lily seed purchases as well as my own and others crosses. Frozen pollens are on the next shelf down.
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Mar 20, 2018 10:23 PM CST
Name: Anthony Weeding
Rosetta,Tasmania,Australia (Zone 7b)
idont havemuch-but ihave everything
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Storing seeds in paper envelopes..inside a bubble bag in the freezer door I tip my hat to you.
lily freaks are not geeks!
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