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Barbell
Scranton, PA

October 20, 2008
7:13 PM

Post #5695503

can you save seeds in a plastic sandwich bag over winter or must they " breathe "
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

October 20, 2008
7:17 PM

Post #5695522

Seeds don't have to "breathe." I save seeds in plastic, BUT be very sure they are completely dry before storing them, or you will end up with a plastic bag of moldy seeds. With larger seeds (like tomato), you can test for dryness by trying to break the seed in half -- if it cracks into 2 pieces, it's dry, but if it bends it needs more time. (And obviously that particular seed will not germinate.) With smaller seeds, I just leave them out on a paper plate (be creative if you've got pets or kids; protect your seeds from being accidentally scattered) for several weeks, just to be sure.

Store them in a dark, cool place... controlled room temperature is fine; you just don't want to tuck them away in a hot attic. Mine are in a chest of drawers in the living room! :-)

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Neat guide there! Dinu 15 Oct 17, 2008 4:10 AM
Thank you, thank you, thank you. LouC 1 Oct 16, 2008 2:40 PM
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Great for the beginers! adinamiti 4 Oct 16, 2008 6:28 PM
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