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Old seeds

Post: #283844 daffodiltulip
Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:13 pm

Someone gave me some seeds, some packets were open, that are a year or two out of date. How likely is it that they will still grow?

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Re: Old seeds

Post: #283848 diggernotdreamer
Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:04 pm

Depends on what they are and how they have been stored. Carrots and parsnips won't be very viable if they aren't all sown. Brassicas can last for years, I had some that were about 2007 and sowed them last year and they all germinated

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Re: Old seeds

Post: #283849 tosca
Tue Feb 10, 2015 3:09 am

You could do some tests by putting some on some damp kitchen paper indoors and seeing if they sprout.

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Re: Old seeds

Post: #283858 becks77
Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:39 am

Love this idea, can you then pop them into compost and grow them into fully fledged plants or are they then done for, daft question I guess??
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Re: Old seeds

Post: #283860 tosca
Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:17 am

I don't see why not, if you're careful. But the idea is just ti try a couple to see if they are viable. Even so, older seeds will have a lower germination rate so I would sow more than I needed. It's hard to have to chuck out seedlings though. I have just over-sown the local pink beefsteak tomatoes as the seed is out of date, got far too many and had to ditch them. I know if I grew them on I would want to keep them. As it is I have kept ten, far too many for a single family as there are five other varieties going in! :lol:

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Re: Old seeds

Post: #283861 diggernotdreamer
Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:24 am

Chitting is a good way of ensuring you get germinated seed. I often chit parsnip and carrots until they are about an inch long and then make up a jelly of potato flour and water, stir in the chitted seeds and then put into a plastic bag, snip a small bit off the corner and then 'ice' into your pre-prepared drills and cover over as normal. You can sow any chitted seed into the top of a pot and cover lightly with sieved compost and they will be fine


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