Which do you consider better for medium term storage (say up to three
years) of vegetable and flower seeds, paper envelopes or small plastic
bags. The seed will be stored in the refrigerator.
I don't have room for jars/cans.
EJ in NJ
I once read (and agree with) the idea that since anything coming out of the
freezer usually collects condensation from room humidity, seeds should be in
sealed bags and allowed to come to room temp before opening, unless you WANT
them to become moist (maybe planting them right away). Place all the little
bags into two larger ziploc bags, one inside the other.
I store my seeds in all sorts of containers and I keep the containers in tin
boxes in a big walk in pantry where the temperature is fairly constant.
I use TicTac boxes, I use tiny little heavy duty envelopes (normal white
mailing envelopes are the pits IMHO), I use small glass bottles and even
For the last twenty (!!) years, I've been storing my seeds in their original
packets in a Tupperware 'breadbox' in my refrigerator. I've grouped
all the similar varieties (ex.: lettuce, cos; lettuce, Batavian; lettuce, leaf;
tomato, salad; tomato, paste; etc.) together in zip-lock bags.
Corn seed I don't store more than one year past the original packet
For some vegetables, like onion and parsnip, it is best to get fresh each
year, but most can easily be stored for three or more years this way.
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