How to store seeds for your garden?

By learning how the seeds are stored, you can create your own flower or vegetable seed bank for future seasons. Remember, storing the seeds correctly will prolong their life

There is nothing to say about the pleasure of building a garden by growing flowers or vegetables from seed. However, one of the most important factors affecting the success of the growing process which requires patience and attention is undoubtedly the quality and yetiştirme viability of the seed. You will not be able to grow a branch of a beautiful garden, let alone with spoiled or lost seeds. Here are the most critical questions and answers that you wonder about keeping and keeping the seeds alive.

How is the seed stored?

The answer depends on the type of seed and how it is stored. If your seeds are kept in a cool, dry place, they have a good chance to be still alive. However, when these seeds are sown, they will have a lower germination rate. Of course, this germination rate varies according to the type of seed. For example; Corn seeds will give the best performance in the first year. The germination rate of the corn seeds dropped to the next season is greatly reduced. If stored well, tomato seeds are stored for more than four years and have no germination problems. Although some perennial seeds seem to be planted forever, some plants, such as the delphinium, need to be sown shortly after harvest. The seeds of flowers such as cosmos, marigold, petunia, and wildflower can maintain their vitality for several years. Parsley should be planted immediately. In summary, the germination rate of the seeds continues to decrease over time and you will eventually need to buy new seeds.

To test your seeds, lay them side by side, leaving one to two inches of space on several layers of damp paper towels. Roll the rolls so that the seeds do not touch each other and put the roll in a plastic bag so that it does not dry out. Place the bag in a warm, bright place, but not in direct sunlight. Check the seeds every two days. If the seeds have not sprouted in a few weeks, or if only a few have sprouted, you are out of luck.

Storage life of some vegetable seeds

  • Beans - 3 years
  • Beetroot - 2 years
  • Carrot - 3 years
  • Egypt - 2 years
  • Cucumber - 5 years
  • Lettuce - 3 years
  • Peas - 3 years
  • Pepper - 2 years
  • Pumpkin - 4 years
  • Radish - 5 years
  • Spinach - 5 years
  • Tomato - 4 years
  • Watermelon - 4 years

In general, it is best to store seeds in airtight containers (baby food jars or airtight storage containers) in a cool, dry place where the temperature does not fluctuate much. For example, damp-free basements and refrigerators are good options.

From the beginning; If the seeds in your hands belong to hybrid varieties, the next generation will not usually produce plants and fruits of the same quality, so you don't have to bother hiding and drying the hybrid seeds. It is much better to buy a new seed pack next year.

If you want to store the seeds in your vegetable garden, let the fruits ripen completely. Then separate the seeds from the fruit and let them air dry. After the seeds have completely dried, place them in airtight containers and store them in a cool, dry place. But don't forget to label and date the jars to avoid mixing your seeds next season!


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