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Survival Seed Storage FAQs
We've had the privilege of meeting and talking with a lot people at the Garden Shows and Survival Expos across the country who are very interested in gardening and saving their own seed. One of the most popular topics that people ask us about is how to store their seed properly. We've compiled 5 of the most frequently asked questions below – along with our answers – in hopes that it will make the process easier for everyone on their self-sufficient journey.
Question 1: How long will these seeds last?
Answer: It all depends on the particular vegetable. We include a wide variety of seeds in our Survival Seed kits for example. Different varieties last longer than others. For instance, tomatoes and cucumbers can have viable germ rates all the way up to 10 years before they begin to decline. Other seed like onions will last only 1-2 years. On the average, seeds should last anywhere from 3-5 years if stored correctly.
Question 2: What is the best place to store seed?
Answer: We recommend the refrigerator. As long as the seed is kept in a cool, dry, dark environment, they should keep for several years. A cool cellar or basement with temps running anywhere from 45-70 degrees should work as well. Remember, the cooler you can keep them, without freezing, the longer the seed will last.
Question 3: Why should I not freeze my seed?
Answer: We do NOT recommend storing seed in the freezer simply because if the seed has a moisture content of more than 6%, the seed could crack. And oftentimes, these hairline cracks are impossible to see. When that happens, the seed is no longer viable.
Question 4: Should I vacuum seal pack these seeds?
Answer: Seeds are a living organism and need air to survive, so we do NOT recommend vacuum packing seeds for long term storage.
Question 5: What should I do to keep moisture out?
Answer: Our seed kits come in a sealed tupperware container that include a moisture absorber inside. These are “self-indicating” absorbers, which need to be replaced once several of the pebbles inside turn a dark color. For an inexpensive absorber, check with your local pharmacy and ask for any desiccants that they may be throwing away. You can also use rice or powdered milk.
Survival Seed Storage does not have to be complicated. Simply give your seeds the right environment to stay dormant until you're ready to plant them. If you follow these simple storing instructions, you will have healthy, living seed for many growing seasons to come!
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