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Packet seed shelf life?
« on: March 26, 2020, 04:36:37 pm »
Anyone have experience of using 'out of date' seed from those packets of commercial seeds.  e.g. Moneymaker tomato seed from 2014   :)

Is it a case of may germinate, but not optimally..?
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Re: Packet seed shelf life?
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2020, 05:04:06 pm »
Pretty well, yes.
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Re: Packet seed shelf life?
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2020, 05:48:21 pm »
A lot will depend on how you stored them, but as SteveC says, give it a try, why not.

Re: Packet seed shelf life?
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2020, 10:30:23 pm »
Thanks.

Planted tomatoes, parsely, and two types of chilli, in covered indoor germinating trays, so will see what happens...

ETA. and mustard & cress.  All out of date.
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Re: Packet seed shelf life?
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2020, 08:48:32 am »
I think it varies massively but crop. IIRC parsnip don't last very well but some do better. If you can I think they recommended putting some on damp kitchen roll and seeing if anything happens

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Re: Packet seed shelf life?
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2020, 09:59:33 pm »
yes, parsnip in particular need to be fairly fresh, >2 years and it's pretty poor germination

I bought quite a lot of new seed this year and have >90% so far.
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Re: Packet seed shelf life?
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2020, 10:20:15 pm »
A timely thread, mine are 2007 vintage...
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