Seed Storage

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by Linda Camello, Jan 15, 2004.

  1. Linda Camello

    Linda Camello Well-Known Member

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    Is it okay to package seeds in a plastic little zip loc baggie???? I always thought that plastic was not good to store them in because of the air, etc. My friends tell me that they should be stored in paper. Does anyone have the real scoop on this??? I would like to know. I have sent away for some seeds and they arrived here in the plastic zip loc type of baggies and I wonder if they will be okay. Please advise...Thanks all!! :)
     
  2. RANDEL

    RANDEL Well-Known Member

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    i've stored a lot of seeds in plastic, but mostly i use little glass vials with lids i make of paper and put on with a wire twistie-tie. i've never noticed a problem with the plastic, but now u got me worried.
     

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    culpeper Well-Known Member

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    When I was growing and selling herbs commercially, I had zillions of seeds to collect and store. I don't think keeping them in plastic is a good idea, because most seeds have moisture in them, and keeping them like that causes them to sweat and ultimately to rot, especially in warmer weather. I continue to keep my seeds the following way:

    I make sure they are totally dry before storing them. Collect them in the morning, after any dew has dried off. Then wrap them in pieces of aluminium foil. Then put the foil package in a paper sachet, labelled with name of seed and the date of collection (or just tape on a paper label). Then into a glass jar, which is kept in a cool, dry, dark place. If the seeds are from plants that need a long winter or cool temps before they'll germinate, they can be kept in the jar, in the fridge. If you use the paper sachets, you can also write on any special instructions for germination (needs scarifying or stratifying, needs light, ideal temps etc). The correct name of the seeds is important, of course, but so is the date of collection, because each seed-type has its own viability time, after expiration of which germination cannot be relied upon.
     
  5. Hank - Narita

    Hank - Narita Well-Known Member

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    We were lucky enough to get the remaining seeds from a ag club in Phoenix. They packaged and sold their seeds and put them in a tiny ziploc type bag. Hope the seeds are OK. Will let you know after this summer. So far the lettuce seeds have sprouted.
     
  6. Balancedmom2003

    Balancedmom2003 Well-Known Member

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    I always save my little bank withdrawl envelops for the seeds that I am fortunate enough to get. It is a neat way to recycle them!
     
  7. Paquebot

    Paquebot Well-Known Member

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    Doesn't matter if it's paper or plastic for storage. In fact, many seed swappers have switched from paper coin envelopes to the little Ziploc plastic bags. Too hard to find the coin envelopes but the little plastic ones seem to be available everywhere. Check out below for what the experts say.

    http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/seedsave/2002081832003591.html

    Martin