Does long-term seed storage work? In this video, I cover a test situation where I store seed in a way that will potentially last for a long time. At 10 months, it sure works. If that same environment is kept, I can’t see seeds degrading anytime in the near future. I hope this how-to store seeds long term benefits you! Let me know your thoughts.
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In my experience germinating different seeds on the same paper towel is not a good idea , if one variety of seeds mold then they will damage the rest of them , I had it happened to me several times , it is better to germinate each specie using paper towels separately in separate individual zip bags .
Great video! Thanks for the knowledge and adding to the public record on how we can grow our own food long term
Pretty neat idea, Brent! I just keep mine in the fridge. Have the same seeds for the last 5 years, and no germination failures yet!
Cool experiment! Pun intended. I love garden experiments, and this is a good one.
some great tips there. Thanks for sharing
Interesting information. Best wishes Bob.
If you didn't know, there is a Seed Storage Vault in Svalbard, an island close from the North Pole in Europe (north of Norway). It's in a very cold place (all year round), so seeds will stay cold even without any power, and it's in a mountain in case seawater increases significantly. If SHTF, seeds there should stay safe (that's the way it has been designed): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svalbard_Global_Seed_Vault
Cold is probably a great way to store seeds. Vacuum sealing is very good too, but you have to be careful to correctly dry the seeds before. If you open without letting the bag warm up at room temperature, I believe the condensation thing to be true. And I don't know about that, but it's usually said to not freeze again food that was already freezed and warmed up. I wonder if that would be bad for seeds ? Anyway, having individual sealed bags with each seed variety would probably be the best, but needs some extra work to vacuum seal each of them.
Great video as always, can't wait for part 2 !
Interesting! I hadn't thought of vacuum sealing. I don't store my seeds in any particular manner at the moment though I've been reading up a bit. At the moment they are in envelopes and stored in a cool dark cellar at low humidity. I planted 4 year old carrot seeds this year not expecting much but appeared that I had almost full germination. Try those watermelon again but this time soak them in a glass of water for a day or two before putting them in the towel. I used some 6 year old butternut seed this year and had much better results with those I soaked first. My experience has been that the larger hard shelled seed needs a bit more time and water to regenerate. Wondering if the temperature may have been to low for them.