What Is The Longest Shelf Life Or Storage Life Of Vegetable Seeds?

Jump to Last Post 1-8 of 8 discussions (8 posts)
  1. PhoenixV profile image63
    PhoenixVposted 6 years ago

    What Is The Longest Shelf Life Or Storage Life Of Vegetable Seeds?

    Which Vegetable Seeds Store Best Or The Longest?

  2. belleart profile image87
    belleartposted 6 years ago

    usually about a year, there should be dates on the individual packets.  I have had some for years though and planted them recently, they sprouted a bit but died soon after.

  3. amos316 profile image70
    amos316posted 6 years ago

    theres no correct answer for this most people and companies say a year but they have recovered seeds from the pyramids that are thousands of years old that they have planted and grown so it ll depents on if you freeze the seeds and moisture content

  4. mistyhorizon2003 profile image93
    mistyhorizon2003posted 6 years ago

    The smaller the seed the longer it is likely to last and still grow (assuming it is kept in cool, dry, dark conditions). Bigger seeds like beans only tend to last at best 2 years before it becomes unlikely they will germinate, smaller seeds like carrots can last 2 or 3 years easily. I keep all my seeds in their packets, sealed inside an airtight plastic (Tupperware) box in my fridge. The fridge is a great place to store them if you want to extend their potential as viable seed, and can extend their usability by several years or more. The other advantage is that when you do eventually plant them out they will germinate faster because by being in the fridge you created an artificial winter for them, and once removed from the fridge and planted outside the contrast in temperatures made it seem like spring. Remember they should be in the fridge NOT the freezer though.

    I also agree with amos316 when he/she said about seeds being found in the pyramids that were thousands of years old and still germinated. This was because they were in an extremely dry,  dark environment where the lack of moisture, and therefore bacteria extended their viability for many years.

  5. davenmidtown profile image87
    davenmidtownposted 6 years ago

    A team of russian scientists uncovered a squirrls stash of seeds from (I want to say the ice age) a long time ago... and were able to cultivate some of the seeds into flowering plants... so quite a long time.

  6. Barbara Kay profile image92
    Barbara Kayposted 6 years ago

    Many seeds can be stored in a freezer and last for years. This includes only those that need to be frozen before they'll germinate. The only vegetable seeds I've had problems with are bean seeds. These need to be kept in a cool, dry place and they still don't all germinate after a year.

  7. IzzyM profile image88
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    It depends where they are kept. I always keep my seeds in a sealed container in the bottom of the fridge, and they keep indefinitely there. Last year I grew garden peas from seeds which 'expired' in 1978, according to the date on the packet, and they were fine smile Kept at room temperature, seeds will biodegrade and become unviable very quickly, perhaps within a year, but when kept in a state of suspended animation in a cool area, they can keep for years.

  8. justinkamp profile image60
    justinkampposted 5 years ago

    It may be depends on where they kept, if you are choose a good storage place for them then it will be a long life. Store-11 may helps you on storage spaces..


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)