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last year's flower seeds
Board: Garden Gnomes
Apr 3, 2011 3:16pm
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Will last year's flower seeds still grow if I sow them this year?
Re: last year's flower seeds
Board: Garden Gnomes
Reply to: #596917 by SpyCat
Apr 3, 2011 3:29pm
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Probably, but maybe not as fertile as last year, and it depends on how they were stored. We have planted seeds that were 5 years old with good results. The seeds lived in the basement until they were planted.
Re: last year's flower seeds
Board: Garden Gnomes
Reply to: #596917 by SpyCat
Apr 3, 2011 6:02pm
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Absolutely! I have just germinated some 5 year old seed under my grow light set. I have 24 plants (veg and flower) right now...all from 2-5 year old seed.

The germination rate goes down each year but the seeds remain viable for a very long time. As long as the seed has been kept in a relatively dry place you should be ok.

I buy the seeds on sale for a few cents a pack each year and hang onto them until I use them up. If you ever want to get serious about saving seed you can keep them in glassine envelopes inside a jar with one of those silica gel packs--aka those little packages that say "do not eat" in the box when you buy shoes and stuff...

Eeeek, had to stop myself...more than you asked for. :0)

OPH
Re: last year's flower seeds
Board: Garden Gnomes
Reply to: #596953 by One Particular Harbor
Apr 3, 2011 8:25pm
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Thanks for your replies! I guess as long as the temperature extremes in my mud room haven't ruined them, I'll have a nice flower bed!