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Saving Seeds: Solid camphor in jar w/seeds to prevent bugs???

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Fowlerville, MI
(Zone 5b)

August 29, 2009
3:02 PM

Post #7001160

My dad told me that when my Granny saved her seeds, she use to put a piece of solid camphor in the jar with the seeds to prevent bugs from being/getting in the jar. Has anyone else heard of this? Is there anything else better to use?

September 3, 2009
4:34 PM

Post #7021293

Do you get bugs in with your seeds?
This has never been a problem to me here.

If it is a problem would spraying the inside of the jar with insecticide work?
How about a few mothball flakes?

Good luck seed saving!

Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2009
3:31 PM

Post #7036042

I was just going to ask this ?. I have been seeing a few very tiny insects in with my fresh seeds. I was thinking of putting in a moth ball temporarily, maybe wrapped in a bit of cloth to prevent the mothball from contact with the seed to kill them.
Good idea ????

September 8, 2009
1:46 AM

Post #7038607

Yes, that is a good idea to wrap the mothball in cloth. That way it won't contaminate the seeds, but hopefully it gets rid of the bugs.
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 8a)

September 18, 2009
12:24 PM

Post #7076967

I had some little black bugs that looked like seeds at first in with my hibiscus seeds. I took the entire dish outside and let it sit (under cover) for a few days, and they seemed to disappear. But I don't know if they damaged the seeds or not. I noticed some small indentations in a few of the hib seeds, but I don't know if that was just how the seed was when I collected it, or because the bug ate it or something. Any ideas/experience?

September 18, 2009
2:33 PM

Post #7077354

I think the seeds will be okay. Bugs tend to like the soft, leafy parts of plants.
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 8a)

September 18, 2009
2:37 PM

Post #7077366

Thank you!
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 8a)

September 18, 2009
9:38 PM

Post #7078721

I was able to get a couple pictures of my seeds, and posted them here (, if anyone would care to take a look and offer up their opinion. I find it strange some of my hib seeds have holes and others do not.

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