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Storing Seeds

Shazbot3
Guys, I'm new at this seed collecting business, and I'm looking for ideas on seed storage. I read "store in refrigerator"; "store in cool, dark place", "blah-blah".

My problem is this, fridge is too small to store the many, many seed packets I have. My basement stays about 65 degrees year-round, is this still too warm for storing seeds?

Also, in what do you guys store your seed packets in order to keep them all in one place so they're easier to locate? Right now, most of mine are in a plastic Folger's coffee can, but there's not enough room in it to store all my seed packets.

In other words, I'm at a loss, and my brain is way past overload!

Horseshoe
I store them everywhere! In the fridge, some in the deepfreeze even!

I keep some of them in coin envelopes, some in freezer bags and then they go into an air-tight glass jar like a canning jar or apothecary jar.

Your cool basement will easily store them just fine for a while...the cooler the better though, usually 40 is a good temp for long term storage. What's very important is to keep the seeds dry...that's why I keep mine in sealed jars.

Aloe
Seeds that I gather myself I keep in those little plastic film canisters. Seeds that I buy or were given to me, I keep in their original envelopes in a metal tin. They are all kept in a cabinet in the dining room - just regular room temperature. I'm not saying this is necessarily the best way to keep them, but it works for me.

Carol7
I usually put my seeds in coin envelopes and keep them in a plastic storage container. Larger seeds I store in the plastic containers electrical tape comes in. I store my seeds in our spare bedroom closet during the winter because I never turn the heat on in that room. I doubt that this is the correct way to do it, but I haven't had any problems either.

Shazbot3
Well, thanks for all the input, guys. I guess the basement will be it then, in the coolest corner I can find. Just don't know what I'll put the whole lot of them in yet. I'll HAVE to have them all together, tho, or I'll never see most of them again Smile

Horseshoe
Just don't put them in something the mice can chew into. Was guilty of that once!

Shazbot3
You know it! I've got 50lbs of grass seed spread from one end of my basement to the other. And you know those small, decorative bales of hay you can get for fall decorating? Yep, all over the place. I hope no water ever gets in there, I absolutely refuse to mow the basement!!!

Elena
Just be sure to air dry those seeds well before sealing them up. I store mine in much the same manners listed above. Airtight containers in the freezer or refrigerator are a must.

Carol7
Shoe, surely you didn't place your seeds in a shoe box did you??? Surprised)

Elena
Good one Carol. He probably had to borrow one!

Horseshoe
Hah!!! *grin!

Elena
Poor ole' Shoe surely does take the kiddin' well, doesn't he?

shazbot3
Aw, I think he can give as good as he gets... Wink

Elena
Yeah, he is a tough ole bird, that Shoe!

Horseshoe
tuff ol bird, eh??? Methinks she is saying I'm "quackers"! Or maybe Cuckoo!?? ;>)

Elena
Or maybe all of the above.

No! You are a real Tweedy Pie in disguise.

Yeah, the mice really love it when you make those seeds convenient for them. Real luxurious living for the little beggers.

Horseshoe
Hehehe...mice go on vacation in the winter, and they think your seed stock is the South Seas in all it's glory!

"Beware of Mice on Vacation"!

Elena
Especially the fat ones!

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