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Seed Life and Testing Viability

Seed Life and Testing Viability

Are you wondering if your seeds will germinate this spring? You could plant and then wait, or you could test their viability. Follow the link to read how. Check the Seed Life Chart below to see how long you can expect properly stored vegetable seed to last. Then read how to store vegetable seeds to optimize seed life.

Photo credit:  The Gardening Channel

Photo credit: The Gardening Channel

Seed Life Chart

Vegetable – Years
Asparagus  – 3
Bean  –  3
Beet – 4
Broccoli – 3
Brussels Sprouts – 4
Cabbage – 4
Carrot – 3
Celeriac  –  3
Cauliflower – 4
Celery – 3
Chard, Swiss  – 4
Chicory – 4
Chinese Cabbage – 3
Collards – 5
Corn, Sweet – 2
Cucumber – 5
Eggplant – 4
Endive – 5
Fennel – 4
Kale –  4
Kohlrabi – 3
Leek – 2
Lettuce – 6
Muskmelon – 5
Mustard – 4
Okra – 2
Onion – 1
Parsley – 1
Parsnip – 1
Pea – 3
Pepper – 2
Pumpkin – 4
Radish – 5
Rutabaga – 4
Salsify – 1
Spinach – 3
Squash – 4
Tomato – 4
Turnip – 4
Watermelon – 4
The chart has been modified from D.N. Maynard and G.J. Hochmuth, Knott’s Handbook for Vegetable Growers, 4th Edition (1997).

TIPS FOR STORING SEEDS

Storing unused vegetable or flower seeds does require some care. To remain viable, seeds must not be exposed to any moisture or extreme temperature fluctuations. They should be kept in a cool dry place. Some people store them in sealed plastic bags, while others keep them in glass jars in the refrigerator. Whatever works best for you is fine, but the important thing is that they not be exposed to moisture. Wetness can quickly cause mold to grow, killing the seeds.
Source: The Gardening Channel

A Succulent Diversion

A Succulent Diversion

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