Seed Storage Times and Viability

Seeds are living things therefore how you store them will affect  percentages of germination once you want to grow them.

The best storage conditions are the exact opposite of what makes a seed want to sprout. Seeds will sprout when temperatures go up and exposed to light.

Seeds stored in an container away from sunlight, with a temperature under 50*F with a couple of desiccant packet ( moisture-absorbing gel ) is an excellent method to keeping your precious seeds safe.


Storing seeds in the dark, dry, low even temperature is how to protect your seeds for the highest germination possible.

Two of my favorite books on the subject are

Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners, 2nd Edition



The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds: 322 Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, Trees, and Shrubs


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