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Vegetable Gardening: How long do onion seeds keep?

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Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

May 1, 2013
3:56 AM

Post #9503750

Are they only good for the following year after harvest. Is that correct?

Cybrczch

Cybrczch
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

May 2, 2013
1:47 PM

Post #9505662

I store onion/shallot/leek seed in my chest freezer, the seed packets in a plastic bag (zipper seal) with a package of desiccant I got from something I bought a while back. I've never formally tested the germination, but I'm getting over 50% on commericial onion seed that is 3 years old (harvested end of 2010, first planted from it in 2011, then 2012, now 2013).

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

May 2, 2013
2:08 PM

Post #9505694

Thank you very much. I was hoping the seeds would last more than a single year. I'm glad to hear this since I have a number of types of onions seeds to store.

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