keep seed in the fridg? Well, that is a new one on me. I keep seed in a cardboard box out in the garage. As long as it it is kept dry it seems to do OK. Oh well, whatever works. It is always interesting to see what others are doing. Thanks for sharing.
Yep. I always keep my seeds in the fridge. I have many seeds that are a decade old and still germinate well. My current bed of peppers is from seed I selected in '08. Some seeds do keep better than others, and over time there is some loss of viability. But they tend to last far longer than 'the charts' suggest. Onions dont keep very long however. And lettuce stays good for about 5 years. Other things can last much longer.
Realistically however you can't depend on old seed if you are growing veggies as your food source or have frost dates you need to abide by. But I mostly just play around in the garden, and with our long season, if something doesnt germinate, I'll have time to buy more and replant.
I keep the seeds in containers pushed to the back of the shelves. Seeds I'm currently using I keep in the fridge door for easier access.
This year I'm planting more cover crops and they tend to come in larger bags, not packets. They take too much room in the kitchen fridge, so I keep these in the fridge in the back room that is kept at 55*F. (along with bottles of wine and cheeses). I dont think they'll remain viable as long however.
Coastal Southern California, zone 10, avocado belt, still in a drought.
Post by pepperhead212 on Sept 26, 2019 7:44:19 GMT -5
I don't have enough room in my fridge or freezer to keep all those seeds! Maybe temporarily, I'll put bean and pea seeds in the freezer, since this is supposed to kill any bugs still on them, and I have never had a problem with bugs.