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Morning Glories: Can MG seeds be stored in the freezer?

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MGMan
Norfolk, VA

August 15, 2012
12:36 PM

Post #9242494

Can MG seeds be stored in the freezer without rotting.
patootie
Jacksonville, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 16, 2012
12:16 PM

Post #9243631

Tony, Not a good idea. MG's are tropical. You could store them in the fridge side, not the freezer,
for a while to keep them fresh but
they tend to be viable for a long time without cool storage.

This message was edited Aug 16, 2012 2:30 PM
MGMan
Norfolk, VA

August 17, 2012
8:07 PM

Post #9245225

How long can they remain viable, I've heard 50 years, even 500 years!
patootie
Jacksonville, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 17, 2012
8:44 PM

Post #9245252

I'd be reluctant to even venture a guess on that Tony. :-)
One of our members had a pk of 50 yr old sd and she shared them with several people.
Most reported no germination on
those seeds. The pk contained about 100 sds and at least 1 person reported germination of 2 or 3 sds.
Thats pretty astonishing to get 2 or 3 % on 50 yr old sd. The member lost those seedlings later
MGMan
Norfolk, VA

August 18, 2012
1:52 PM

Post #9245844

I once stored some of the seeds in the freezer and the seed coat just breaks down and the radical emerges a lot quicker after nicking and soaking, even within hours, depending on species, cultivar,or strain! I use and X-acto knife when chipping. A little room for error does not hurt.
patootie
Jacksonville, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 18, 2012
11:09 PM

Post #9246227

Tony, just a regular soaking in water does it for me. With my bad memory,I would forget I had sds
in the'freezer and I know how that would turn out. :-)

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