How long are poppy seeds viable?

Central, TX(Zone 8b)

I was given packets of annual bread seed poppies with dates ranging from 2005 through 2011. They've been stored in an air conditioned room about 73 degrees in summer and cooler in winter. Anyone know if these could be viable, especially the older ones? I plan to direct seed them in November when the weather cools off - I hope. If successful and they produce seeds, how should I store them?

Anyone else growing these in central TX?



Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

The seeds should be good if they have been kept dry. I dont know about the 2005 but 2011 should germinate.

Norfolk, VA

Pop them in the freezer or fridge, that could add decades to your seeds.

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