Old seeds lesson

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by RobB, Jun 23, 2020.

  1. RobB

    RobB Gardener

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    I had some 2013 Boltardy seeds and 2019 Crosbys Egyptian.
    They were both sown at the same time about 4/5 weeks ago but the Boltardy are so behind in the bed so the seeds have been recycled. Th Egyptian are at least 4 times larger.
    As I've never experienced this with any other seeds, although not so old I have learned
    that keeping them too long is a false economy unless it's a variety I've found tucked away and want to try again.
     
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    Hi @RobB not all seeds lose viability that fast (I mentioned in previous posts where we had massive germination of 20 year old fabaceae at botanic garden, even though not well kept). But a lot of vegetable seeds do seem to lose it - I tried some old carrots this year and nothing came up, but some ancient basil seed was brilliant.
     
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