How viable are your stored seeds?
A lot of us have seed packets left over from years gone by or we’ve saved seeds from our own gardens. Have you ever wondered if those seeds are viable anymore? What is their germination rate? It truly would be disastrous to store seeds, only to find that, when planted, nothing sprouts. Here is a simple way to find out just how viable your seeds are.
Take ten seeds of the same variety and lay them on a moistened paper towel. Fold the towel in half so the seeds are covered. Check on the seeds each day and keep the paper towel moist. If, after several days, five seeds have sprouted, you can assume that the seed packet has a germination rate of about 50%. If 2 seeds have sprouted, it’s 20%, and so on.
It will be up to you to decide when a germination rate is too low to bother with.
Keep in mind that heat and moisture are the enemies of seeds. It’s important to keep seeds in a cool, dry place if you’re storing them for the future.
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