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Old 02-27-2008, 09:53 AM   #11
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Yes, Kiev (where I am from) is very close, I think it is like 60 miles or 80 kilometers or something like that I do not remember exactly.

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Old 02-27-2008, 09:57 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by CharlieD View Post
If I was not afraid of radiation I would probably still use them. You should be just fine.
LOL, the seeds (if not Sterile as a result) will be Perfectly Radiation free as Plants you may be 100% certain

Radiation is SO misunderstood by the general public it`s beyond belief!

trust me, these will be entirely Harmless!

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Old 02-27-2008, 11:47 AM   #13
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So what's the worst that could happen?
Glowing green pumpinks? Could be fun for Halloween!!! :)
This thread has me very happy, I looked thru my seeds last night and I have just tons and tons. Just not enough room to start them all!!!!!
Not that there's anything wrong with that.....
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Old 04-08-2008, 05:39 PM   #14
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Oh, okkkkkkkkkk! I came on to the Gardening forum looking for the answer to this question.

I'm going to take Breezycooking and Charlie's advice and plant some of my 3 -year-old seeds instead of tossing them.

In case it makes a difference what type of seed, they are Kentucky Wonder pole beans, yellow bush beans, radishes and sunflowers.

They have been kept in a dry spot in a closet, the packages have not been taped shut, just folded over, tucked in pockets of my gardening bag.

Hope you guys are right!

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Old 04-08-2008, 08:57 PM   #15
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I can attest..... they really do live thru EVERYTHING.... just not all of them.
I have seeds from 2002. They spent a year in a frozen shed, another in a half heated garage, who knows where else. (I can't remember, we moved twice)
I planted 3-4 of the old ones per little pot.... darned if I don't have to thin them, I got 2-3 to pop up! Now I feel like I wasted seeds!!!!!
I'm sure they will be just fine having been kept in more temperate conditions than mine were.
Let us know!
Not that there's anything wrong with that.....
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Old 04-08-2008, 09:42 PM   #16
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It is incredible how long seeds can remain viable. Your state agriculture department or one of your land grant universities will likely have a seed lab that will test your seeds for hardiness and viability for a few dollars. When in doubt, check them out. If you plant seeds that are not viable you have not lost much in terms of dollars but you have lost a great deal in terms of growing time. That's my 2 cents.
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Old 04-09-2008, 11:17 AM   #17
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Or you can just germinate them yourself to check for viability. Take 10 seeds, roll them in a wet paper towel, and put them into a plastic bag. Check them every day or so, and see how many germinate. (Germinate=begin to grow. A root will pop out of the seed.)

If 8 of them germinate, you have an 80% germination rate--pretty good. If only one germinates, not so good--either throw them away or plant very heavily.
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Old 04-27-2008, 09:48 AM   #18
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Michael in FtW and anyone out west who might be going to Colorado sometimes soon: The National Seed Bank is in Fort Colllins at Colorado State University (my husband's alma mater). When visiting once we called ahead and asked if they give tours. They were thrilled! "Not many who aren't in the business know we are here!" We really enjoyed it, seeing how our future is being protected. We, too, saw the show you mentioned.

I've never had any weird experiences with using old seeds, but have had erratic results in the number of plants I get from the seeds. Because I don't have a good place to give them an early start and have a relatively short growing period, what seeds I do use I buy new each season, much as I hate to toss out what may be perfectly fine seeds. I also share with friends and neighbors since in most cases I wind up with more seeds than I need (ditto when I have to buy a 6- or 8- pack and only want a plant or two). When I lived with a year-round or very long growing season (Florida, Hawaii), I saved my seeds in a sealed baggy in the crisper drawer of the fridge and rarely threw out a seed.

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