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Seed Storage Tips
When you to plan to save seeds and use them in the following season’s harvest, you’ll need to follow a few steps.
First, collect the seeds. The seeds you’re looking for need to be reliable for growth, otherwise they may not germinate. Parent seeds are likely candidates for germination whereas hybrids are less reliable and will often times disappoint with no growth at all.
Once you’ve finished with collection, you need to dry your seeds. You can do this one of two ways:
- Keep the seed pod or dried flower head in an open paper bag and wait. Once you think the seeds might be dry, shake the bag, and they should come loose. Rinse them, and place on a paper towel to dry.
- Place the seeds on a cookie sheet, then place the sheet in the oven. If you choose this option, make sure the heat does not exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
With either process, the drier your seeds are, the better. Optimum seed storage occurs with less than 8% moisture.
After you’ve dried the seeds, keep them in a closed container. Here’s where we can help. We offer customizable cotton seed storage bags that provide your seeds with a dry, but breathable environment while you’re waiting to plant. Seed storage bags are ideal for extending the shelf life of your product by limiting rot or mold growth, and offer easy transportation by being both durable and lightweight. Just send us a request for more information.
Alternative Seed Storage Methods
If you prefer to store your seeds in a sealed jar keep a cheesecloth bag of dry powdered milk at the bottom of the jar, and store the jars in a cool place. Change the powdered milk every six months.
Most seeds will keep for at least a year, but there are some that will keep longer or shorter than others. If you’re planting corn, onion, parsley, parsnip, or pepper, use these seeds quicker than the others. Crops like asparagus, beans, broccoli, carrots, celery, leeks, peas, and spinach have the potential to keep for up to 3-4 years.