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Old 09-16-2008, 05:08 PM   #1
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How do you keep seeds?

In my quest to someday be uber-gardener, I'm going to try keeping some of the seeds from this year to plant next year...

Do you just dry them out and put them away?

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Old 09-16-2008, 05:11 PM   #2
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I can only speak for basil seeds and butternut squash seeds, I dried them out and stuck them in a plastic container, stored in a cool, DRY place.
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how cool? under the stairs in the basement crawlspace sound cool enough?
Or maybe my mother's house?
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Old 09-16-2008, 05:22 PM   #4
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While I don't save many of my own garden seeds, the ones I do plus the leftover seeds I have from what I buy every year have, after storage, successfully germinated for me after as long a time as 10+ YEARS!! Proper storage is everything, & can save you a lot of seed money.

Tape-seal dry seeds in their envelopes & place in airtight glass jars or plastic containers. Place these in boxes or a large plastic storage container & place in a dry, dark, cool-to-moderate-temp place - a closet in the main part of the house is best (mine are in a spare bedroom closet). No basements, no garages, no attics - the humidity & temp changes will screw things up.
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Old 09-16-2008, 05:22 PM   #5
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Ha!!! Nah, I just kept my in a drawer in the kitchen. Nothing special. I guess you just want to keep it away from direct heat. If you want to keep them really cool, you would send them to my MIL's home! Did I just say that out loud????
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Old 09-16-2008, 05:34 PM   #6
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lol! no but you typed it out loud!!!
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thanks.
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Old 09-16-2008, 10:52 PM   #7
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Just be aware that some seeds will not produce what you have this year if they are hybrid plants Suzi----.They will resort back to the strongest gene.
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:29 PM   #8
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Since I moved to northern IL, our season is short and I want all of my seeds to be viable, so I buy from Mr. Park. That said, when I used to save seeds, I put them in a baggie in the crisper drawer in the fridge with great success.
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Old 09-18-2008, 10:16 AM   #9
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Gosh, I've saved seeds for 10 years, plants I loved up north that won't grow down here. And I've sent some back up north to friends who've had no problems growing from them. I use BreezyCooking's method also.
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I also have been saving seeds this year from my peppers grown and peppers eaten. I am hoping to save plenty of the patio bells, naga morich, and poblanos though we shall see. I have put aside patio bell, cayenne, and new mexico peppers, and poblanos so far, and have to dry more seeds out when I cut up the peppers I have in the fridge and hanging on the plants outside.

I'm glad someone mentioned keeping them semi cool, as I might have otherwise left them on my PC case here in the dining room until late Feb when I'll start planting and germinating. Thank you.
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