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Old 04-28-2013, 01:53 PM
 
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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?
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:22 PM
 
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Depends on how they're stored. If they're dry when you store them, and you keep them in a breathable container like a brown bag, in cool dry conditions, they could last a few years or longer. The number of viable seeds diminishes over time, and your germination rates will fall off if you don't plant them soon.
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:05 PM
 
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I don't know about flower seeds per se but dried fruit and vegetable seeds at room temperature usually remain viable for at least 2 or 3 years. Dried and in the refrigerator, a few more years. Dried and in the freezer, they can last as long as 10 or more years.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:59 PM
 
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I save the seeds that come in seed packets because I don't use all of them. I keep them in their packets, closed with a clip, in the fridge and use them the next year. It probably depends upon what type of seed it is too. I've saved beet seeds for years.
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Old 09-14-2013, 11:23 PM
 
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Hey folks. I have had a crazy season for Peas. Most are huge peas in the pods (pods are biggest I've ever seen). I would like to save some for planting next spring. Anyone ever save peas for planting the next year?

Should I shell the peas or leave them in the pods?

Do I leave them in the pods and let them dry inside?

I have no idea what I'm doing!
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Old 09-15-2013, 12:28 AM
 
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Hey folks. I have had a crazy season for Peas. Most are huge peas in the pods (pods are biggest I've ever seen). I would like to save some for planting next spring. Anyone ever save peas for planting the next year?

Should I shell the peas or leave them in the pods?

Do I leave them in the pods and let them dry inside?

I have no idea what I'm doing!
Let them dry on the plant in the pods. Then remove them from the pods for next year. I freeze my seeds every year. I make my own seed containers out of copy paper or recycled school papers that come home constantly with my kids. Then I put them in a mylar bag or a zip lock bag, and stick it in the freezer. I have been doing for years and always had good germination rates.

A great book for saving seed is: Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners, 2nd Edition by Suzanne Ashworth,
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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I will have my first frost probably this coming week. I am in southcentral Alaska and yes it's that time of year. If you keep your seeds in the freezer, perhaps a few frosts prior to drying on the plant may not hurt them. Thats the one bad thing about southern Alaska. Garden is at it's prime begining of September and then bam...we can get numerous frosts by end of the month.

Much appreciated!

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Old 09-15-2013, 12:38 PM
 
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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?
Funny you asked this, as this Spring I was cleaning out and organizing my seed storage containers which stay dark , dry, and cool all year, and I ran across some lettuce seeds that were 12years old and some carrot seed (little fingers) that were 8years old. I had some extra space, so I planted them, and the germination rate was amazing.
I've had tomato seeds for five years that did well also. I think if you store them well, most seeds will last at least a few years but maybe not have as high of a germination rate.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:58 AM
 
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Most of my seeds are from perennials. I have so many different ones and I stored them correctly, but I just didnt want to keep saving them if they are not going to work eventually.
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:54 PM
 
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Most of my seeds are from perennials. I have so many different ones and I stored them correctly, but I just didnt want to keep saving them if they are not going to work eventually.
As long as you aren't storing them in high temps, they should be fine for several years. I have had seeds do well 3-4 years after I harvested them or bought them. Do a germination test and see how they do.

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