Seeds ?

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by sewing nana, May 4, 2006.

  1. sewing nana

    sewing nana Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2002
    How old have seeds been when you have used them. I found some dated 1997. Do you think they are any good? Thanks for your help.
  2. Ed in S. AL

    Ed in S. AL Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2002
    At the end of the road.
    Only way to see, is to stick them in a little dirt and find out. I just finished up a batch of cucumber seeds from 1999 and they everyone came up.

  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Guest

    Depends on what sort of seeds they are and how they've been stored.

    Last fall I planted some twelve year old green pea seed and got about 50% germination. They'd been stored dry in my refrigerator for about ten years then the last two years in a dry location on a shelf in my bedroom.

  4. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

    May 11, 2002
    Take a paper towel and dampen it. Place it on a plate laying a counted number of seeds on it. Put another damp towel on top of the seeds, and lay a piece of plastic wrap over the whole deal. Place it on top your refrigerater, then take a peek every few days to see how many sprouted. If you have no sprouts in a couple weeks, you need new seeds. If half of them sprout, you can plant twice the normal amount of seed and hope for a reasonable stand.

    VALENT Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2004
    just west of Houston Texas
    They will probably take longer to germinate than regular. (a lot longer) I planted some seed I had from 1993 earlier in the year and have replanted with some more old seed, then gave up and planted new seed(three different vegetables) The new seed came up wonderful(southern peas) but it also has okra and (I think) cucumber mixed in.
  6. culpeper

    culpeper Well-Known Member

    Nov 1, 2002
    This information is in table format in MS Word, which doesn't translate well here. But you should be able to work it out.

    Seed Viability in years Seed Viability in years
    African Daisy 3 Leek 1-2
    Alyssum 4 Lettuce 5-6
    Amaranth 3+ Muskmelon 5
    Asparagus 3 Mustard 4
    Aster 2 Nasturtium 5
    Bean 3-4 Okra 2-3
    Beetroot 4 Onion 1
    Broccoli 3-5 Pansy 3
    Brussels Sprouts 4 Parsley 1-2
    Cabbage 4-5 Parsnip 1
    Calendula 5 Pea 2-3
    Capsicum 4 Petunia 3
    Carnation 5 Phlox 2
    Carrot 3 Pumpkin 4
    Cauliflower 4-5 Radish 5
    Celery 3-5 Rutabaga 4
    Celeriac 5 Scabiosa 3
    Chard 4 Shasta Daisy 3
    Chicory 4 Spinach 3-5
    Chinese Cabbage 3 Squash 4
    Chrysanthemum 5 Snapdragon 3
    Collard 5 Stock 5
    Corn, Sweet 2 Sunflower 6
    Cosmos 3 Sweet Pea (ornamental) 2
    Cucumber 5 Swiss Chard 4-5
    Delphinium 1 Tomato 4
    Dusty Miller 3 Turnip 4-5
    Eggplant 4-5 Verbena 3
    Endive 5 Watercress 5
    French Marigold 3 Watermelon 4 4
    Hollyhock 5 Zinnia 5
    Kale 4 Zucchini 5
    Kohlrabi 3-5
  7. sewing nana

    sewing nana Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2002
    I will try them out and see if they will germinate.