Pepper seeds in particular. I harvest my own seeds from grocery store peppe
rs and the ones I grow. Are the seeds from 2011 still going to be viable in
January when I start my plants? I will have some from this years crop but
I think I may have waited too long and will not have all the varieties.
Depends on how they are stored - and the only real way to know is to try
them. If you have excess seed from the 2011 batch you could run a
germination test - if not, either buy seeds or just give them a try when
the time comes.
Tomato seeds have very long viability - I've gotten 90% out of 10 year
old packets stored less than ideally. I dislike peppers of all sorts, so
I don't grow them, so I have no idea how long their seeds might last.
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On 9/11/2013 10:39 AM, email@example.com wrote:
I don't have a lot of experience but always figured tomatoes and peppers
were good for at least 2 years. Last year, I collected seeds from a
local heirloom tomato and every seed I planted grew and I figure the
rest will be good until next year.
I don't know about commercial peppers but I'd be concerned with hybrids
that won't breed true.
You can find tables of expected viability by specie on the web. This is
probably a maximum and doesn't take into account if all the seeds were ripe
when you picked them or if your storage conditions were appropriate. Also
the expected lifetime is not a sudden end, the proportion of germination
will decline with age progressively. If you have a hundred seeds you have a
better chance of getting 5 to grow after 3 years than if you have only have
ten. In any event there isn't much you can do about it now.
As for this year's crop, in what way are you too late? Even a stunted late
season fruit on a dying frost-struck plant that you wouldn't eat may yield
viable seeds provided it reached maturity.
Pepper seeds in particular. I harvest my own seeds from grocery store
peppers and the ones I grow. Are the seeds from 2011 still going to be
viable in January when I start my plants?
This will be the first season that I've tried growing capsicum (peppers)
from seed saved last year so I don't yet know by 1st hand experience how
viable saved capsicum seed may be. I did however check what my 2 seed
saving books say.
The 1st book which is USian but which I don't like a lot is 'Seed to Seed'
and it says 50% viabiliy at 3 years if stored correctly. The Australian
book 'The Seed Savers Handbook' says they remain viable for 5 years if
Sounds like you should be OK if either or both of them are right.
does either say anything about freezing as a
possibility for pepper seeds? i would suspect
not, but ...
one correspondent uses the refrigerator and
reports acceptable germination rates for some
peppers after almost 20 years.
i don't do my own pepper or tomato starts
here... would rather keep worms i guess. :)
On Wednesday, September 11, 2013 9:14:33 PM UTC-4, songbird wrote:
I have decided to do a little test of my own. I have enough vials to be able to keep both new and old seeds. So in January when I am board and itching I will start both and see what happens.
Most seeds can be stored at freezer temps long term, IF they are thoroughly
dry (seed banks test a sample) and stored in a vapor-tight container. I
know Seed Saver's Exchange uses heat sealable bags rather like the
"seal-a-meal" ones, but heaver and with a foil layer.
In just cool/dry conditions, peppers only last a few years for me, as
opposed to 8 or 10 or more for brassicas and tomatoes.
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