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.

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.

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. .....Alan.

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.

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.

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