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Q.Old Seeds

Zone Zome 8 | jpridetx added on April 24, 2020 | Answered

Just wondering how old is TOO OLD? I have seeds that are more than 19-yrs old. Kept in a box (hence dry & dark place) but I wonder if they will still grow?

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Answered on April 24, 2020

This number varies from plant to plant. Some seeds, such as Colocasia, will fail to germinate within minutes of drying out completely, where as some bean species will lasts for hundreds of years if stored properly.

The only way to know will be to make an attempt at germination! You may be surprised at what will come up after that long.

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Answered on April 24, 2020

Correction...that should have been "more than 10 years old", not 19 years.

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