Why would you say that they 'may have been cooked'?
I bought string beans(11/12 germination rate), Big Beef(15/16), and
canteloupe(18/18) from Target( Burpee's Fordhook )also, but have had great
success with them as the numbers indicate. And they're doing very well after
germination. The Big Beef were so small when I planted them that I thought I
never get any tomatos(2-inches in mid-May), but now they're all over three
feet with tons of fruit.
My local Target has them in a rack in the gardening section of an air
conditioned store. I supposed refills could be stored in the store's boiler
room, but this particular one doesn't have that much movement of the seed
I recently wrote to Burpee about the very same thing. They apologized and
said they were dealing with retail sales of there product and had no control
over how long stores kept the seed or in what environment it was kept. There
suggestion was to purchase seed from there catalog and if it did not
germanate they would replace it with two packages. They want all stores to
send back or log into them how many packages are left over after being on
the shelf for three months. Like that will ever happen !
I had the same problem with OSC seeds this year. I went through about
4 packets of butternut and winter squash and only got one germination!
A relative took pity on my plight and bought some already growing
squash plants for my garden at a gardening store. But I still can't
account for the poor germination, and I bought those seeds in two
different cities in Ontario.
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