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Do Old Seeds Work? #160941
March 15th, 2007 at 12:44 PM
March 15th, 2007 at 12:44 PM
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Carly Offline OP
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Somebody left a few packages of store bought seeds on one of my tables in the lobby - I just looked at the date . . .

1988 - 1990!

I don't know if they'll do anything. I'll throw them into the rock garden anyway - if anything, the birds can eat 'em.


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Re: Do Old Seeds Work? #160942
March 15th, 2007 at 03:35 PM
March 15th, 2007 at 03:35 PM
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Hmmmm...that is a good question Carly...i have some old packets too..not as old as the ones that were left for you, but i have wondered the same thing...i guess there is no harm in trying and like you said..if nothing else, its a snack for the birds thumbup
Good luck!!

Re: Do Old Seeds Work? #160943
March 15th, 2007 at 04:37 PM
March 15th, 2007 at 04:37 PM
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It depends on how the seeds were stored and also what kind of seeds that are...On old seeds it is a good idea to soak the seeds before planting, this helps to wake them up if they are still good. Good Luck Carly!!!

Re: Do Old Seeds Work? #160944
March 15th, 2007 at 11:06 PM
March 15th, 2007 at 11:06 PM
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there are some seeds tha need to e store (jelly palm) and some that have to be used fresh without being dried (ginko, trillium) stuff with hard seed coats can usually last a while, but the bigger the seed, generally the faster they loose viability (poppy seeds can store longer than say nasturtiums)


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