Seems to , if any bugs or germs are kept absent . A lot germinated (many) four made a plant ,
Leaving it at two plants out of at least 50 seeds that germinated .
They stored well , only something after was missing , likely me .. lol
Yeah, but you can get too many things in your cupboard (like my spices) and pretty soon you don't use any of it. I use the peroxide for watering my plants too. Many years ago I would buy this stuff called "Oxygen Plus" Cost quite a lot, for a small bottle and you put 2 squirts in your watering can each time you watered. I used it on my houseplants. Apartment living.
Well I used that up until a half a dozen or so years ago, Actually about the time I joined DG in 2004 (good grief that's a long time) that that stuff was actually hydrogen peroxide. Can you believe it? All those years of spending all that money? And that is what it was?
I think I gave up on all that stuff yeas ago , handy in the kitchen it gets used otherwise it's out .
What works , works , Everything else is to much to keep count of , it takes more fingers and thumbs than i have ,,,
I remember those oxygen drops for people .eyedropper bottle , 27 to 60 $'s weren't they?
Yeah I get it ...
Oh yuck JU. I cannot imagine putting those in my eyes.
My houseplants were beautiful then. Could have been that I put them all in the shower once a week and turned it on luke warm for 5 minutes. All of them at once. They loved it. I guess, anyway they looked so nice.
I had a lot of different perennial seeds that I forgot about that had been stored in my garden shed since 2002. The shed heats up, then freezes with the season. The seeds were in their original package, some in med containers.
In 2009, I came across them and decided to see how viable they were, including hardy Hibiscus seeds that I had problems with back then. This years was also the time my son introduced me to what is now called "the Deno method" from Dr. Deno who is the founder.
Much to my surprised all the seeds germinated. Hibiscus in 5 days. Hard seeds were nicked, others just soaked in hand hot water overnight. Then placed in a moist (not wet) kitchen paper towel and inserted in a baggie. Most perennials need stratification (cold moist) to sprout. Those went into the fridge for 3 weeks. They would sprout within 2 weeks when brought into room temp.
If seeds lost their viability with age, we would not have a very green earth. They only sprout when conditions assure their survival. That is Nature's way. My experience proves how viable old seeds are, especially if stored dry. Probably the fridge is best. Never freeze seeds since that is a dry freeze without moisure which will damage the embroye (sp?) inside the seed. Many tree seeds require long dormancy before they will sprout.
1] Hibiscus seeds in paper towel sprouted in 5 days.
2] Datura (moon flower) in 11 days.
3] Columbine forgot how long
5] Hardy Geranium 'Vision'
This is the only way I sprout seeds now, except iris seeds which need fluctuating temps. I don't use Peroxide since it does not work, at least not for me. Nature don't use it. Likewise cinnamon. If seeds don't sprout, it is due to their needs aren't met. Some seeds can take months to sprout.
Well JU, don't you think they were stratified in the shed, hanging year after year? Winter freezing?
You say probably the fridge is best. Never freeze seeds since that is a dry freeze without moisure which will damage the embroye (sp?) inside the seed. Many tree seeds require long dormancy before they will sprout.
However, most freezers are frost proof now and THAT is dry freezing. Oh well, to each his own. Jen