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Saving Unused Seeds


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Jessica09-Feb-01 12:37 PM EST   
Brian @ P&P Plants09-Feb-01 01:04 PM EST   
Julie09-Feb-01 01:06 PM EST   
The Budding Poet09-Feb-01 01:46 PM EST   
Jane Shute Pole12-Feb-01 02:53 PM EST   


Subject: Saving Unused Seeds
From: Jessica
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Date: 09-Feb-01 12:37 PM EST

Hi Everyone,

I have begun some seed planting indoors for this spring! Yay! My question is: I have left over annual seeds and want to know the best way to save these seeds for next year so I don't have to repurchase.

Thank you!


Subject: RE: Saving Unused Seeds
From: Brian @ P&P Plants
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Date: 09-Feb-01 01:04 PM EST

The best way is to store them where it is Dry, Cool & Dark. Package them in Paper, not Plastic as plastic will allow any moisture to aid in the formation of mold that will damage the seed. Mark each package as to the seed that it contains as well as the date you put it into storage. The seed should be viable for next year. You can use your Fridge or Deep Freeze. Just make sure that nothing in them will get your packages wet. Good idea to save as often the package holds more than you need. Especially lettuce.


Subject: RE: Saving Unused Seeds
From: Julie
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Date: 09-Feb-01 01:06 PM EST

I have mine in marked envelopes in a sealed zip lock bag inside my fridge. Some people keep them in the freezer. I think the trick is to keep the air out. I believe you are also supposed to keep them from fruit if you have them in the fridge.


Subject: RE: Saving Unused Seeds
From: The Budding Poet
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Date: 09-Feb-01 01:46 PM EST

If you have a cool basement,storage of exta annual seed in a pickle jar in which you have added a few tbsp of powdered milk should keep them happy,dry and alive for another year, - and off menu for ravenous mice. I saved a bucket of the vicious seed heads of Silybum marianum for cleaning later in the fall. While away in Scotland, a wee mouse cleaned them for me. There was silky fluff all over the basement and not a seed to be seen.Two weeks after returning I discovered that the intruder had not eaten them all, but deposited many in a nearbye pot of accelerated Arisaema flavum's. Germination was good and I had 50, 000 seedlings to weed out.

Silybum Caper

Some mice with gluttonous greed .............................................................. Got into some much cherished seed........................................................ Traps were set...................................................................... ........................ Now lest we forget............................................................................................... Of seed they’ll no longer have need.

On the other hand you could share the extra seeds with friends at your local garden club or hort. society and get the immediate delight from the joy that you bring to fellow gardeners.


Subject: RE: Saving Unused Seeds
From: Jane Shute Pole
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Date: 12-Feb-01 02:53 PM EST

I have successfully saved seeds from both annuals and perennials:lupins, aquilegia, echinops,hollyhock, foxglove, eryngium, poppy. I have sowed them the next year and sometimes in several years after that. I just save them in clean white envelopes in my seed box, which is an antique sewing chest. As far as I can see, the main thing is to keep them dry.


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