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Old 10-26-2013, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Find a diabetic friend who uses testing strips. the containers they come in are perfect for seed storage and are designed to keep contents dry. simply slap on a label and you can save lots together and they take little room.
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:35 PM
 
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Find a diabetic friend who uses testing strips. the containers they come in are perfect for seed storage and are designed to keep contents dry. simply slap on a label and you can save lots together and they take little room.
Now that's an interesting way to recycle! Ages ago when we still used film I saved film canisters for the same purpose, but the important thing was to make sure they truly were dry before putting them in there. I've often used seeds from both perennials and some annuals several years after harvesting and found if they were kept dry and out of all light and big temperature swings they usually had pretty high germination rates. Obviously holding on to them for many years will eventually cause some to lose that spark of life.
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Now that's an interesting way to recycle! Ages ago when we still used film I saved film canisters for the same purpose, but the important thing was to make sure they truly were dry before putting them in there. I've often used seeds from both perennials and some annuals several years after harvesting and found if they were kept dry and out of all light and big temperature swings they usually had pretty high germination rates. Obviously holding on to them for many years will eventually cause some to lose that spark of life.
Waste Not Want Not!!!!!
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:55 AM
 
Location: mid wyoming
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I make sure they are dry, I never use a dehydrator in doing this. I then put in small Mylar ziplock bags, lable them and date, I then put in a Styrofoam ice chest in a cool dry spot. I have seeds that are over 40 years old still viable, yes the germination percentage does go down. I plant more seeds than I think I will need and pick out the non vital sprouts or replant them in another space.
I have everything from flowers,garden,tree,bush etc. I also use old prescription pill bottles as storage containers. I also trade seeds with other gardeners and plant persons to acquire seeds I don't have.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:16 AM
 
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How long do various flower seeds last once you harvest and store them from your plants? I've collected seeds from various flowering perennials and such, for instance black eyed susan, so how long do they stay good if I keep them stored nice?
I've used the same method since 1960 - baby food jars. I dry the seeds, fill the small jars, and label the date/kind. I never keep them over a couple of years, because I keep planting and planting.
Not my photo below, an Internet one. Tack with a small nail, the jar lid to the underside of a board/shelf and screw jar in lid. My seeds are in the dry basement away from the furnace.

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Old 10-27-2013, 10:06 AM
 
Location: SC
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Baby food jars are a great idea.

Have also seen people use Tic Tac containers.
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Old 10-27-2013, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC (zone 7b)
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Over the years, we've accumulated various medicine bottles that we never finished the medicine. Cleaned and dried out, they work great! Just remove the old label, put on new labels (computer labels work good) and away you go! I put all the bottles in a ziplock and store it in the refrigerator "crisper".
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