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Seed storage

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by BullsBucksandBoars, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. BullsBucksandBoars

    BullsBucksandBoars The right place at the right time, OR Active Member

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    Has anyone done this what seeds and methods have you used with success?
    I have some organic seeds I bought at Walmart and vacuumed sealed in the regular clear bags and froze... Will this be ok? Does anyone have some more experience in preserving seeds that would be more productive?
     
  2. lowly monk

    lowly monk Beaverton, Oregon. Just a guy. Bronze Supporter

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    Do you have 0/2 absorbers in them?
     
  3. EZLivin

    EZLivin SW of PDX Well-Known Member

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    I used to buy and save packets of heirloom seeds for a year or two with success by storing in an airtight jar and putting in the fridge. Same with the seeds from our garden. But now I just buy one of these every year and store them away in case of emergency. They are packed properly and the shelf life is longer:

    Food For Health

    Plus I have a couple of books on saving and storing seeds that can be referred to in an emergency.
     
  4. pyromancer

    pyromancer Portland Freelance Graphic Designer Bronze Supporter

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    Heirloom seeds are key If I remember right most will last a few years if they are stored correctly. Most plants have been bread to not produce seeds at this point because consumers don't want to pick seeds out. If you plant near someone else with a different strain you also risk cross pollination and your crop not producing seed.
     
  5. powersbj

    powersbj Seattle Area Active Member

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    It all depends on the seed, some will last a few years, some 1 or 2 and the germination rate crashes. The best thing you can do is grow a small amount each year and practice your seed saving. I used Seed Sowing and Saving: Step-by-Step Techniques for Collecting and Growing More Than 100 Vegetables, Flowers, and Herbs (Gardening Skills Illustrated): Carole B. Turner: 9781580170017: Amazon.com: Books this book to get me started. There are a few different ways to do it depending on the plant. I think this will be my 3rd generation on my peas 4th on my potatoes and second on my various greens.
     
  6. BullsBucksandBoars

    BullsBucksandBoars The right place at the right time, OR Active Member

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    No
     
  7. BullsBucksandBoars

    BullsBucksandBoars The right place at the right time, OR Active Member

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    Have you ever opened any of these and tried them out? I'd be nervous about getting ripped off buying a "doomsday" package. I could see somebody selling these neat little milar sealed packages and they turn out to be not what I want or won't grow... Then I'd really be up a creek.

    "Yes please pay an arm and a leg for my seeds that you plan to save until SHTF. Oh they're REALLY good, I promise (insert evil laugh)"
     
  8. Grunwald

    Grunwald Out of that nut job colony of Seattle, WA Well-Known Member

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    Do you actually trust Walmart enough to belive that those are real organic seeds?
     
  9. BullsBucksandBoars

    BullsBucksandBoars The right place at the right time, OR Active Member

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    Not exactly, but at least they grow. Everything I planted did awesome except my brussel sprouts
     
  10. Grunwald

    Grunwald Out of that nut job colony of Seattle, WA Well-Known Member

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    Good deal. Now save the seeds from your harvest and plant for next year. If you get another crop, then you're good to go - as far as the seeds not being neutered.
     
  11. lowly monk

    lowly monk Beaverton, Oregon. Just a guy. Bronze Supporter

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  12. Angie

    Angie Reno, NV Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I ordered some mylar bagged heirloom seeds from emergency essentials.