How to Increase the Life of Your Flower Seeds


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Older garden seeds become less viable over the years but most of them will likely germinate and grow even after a couple of years.

Seed viability refers to the ability of the seed to germinate and grow into a healthy plant.

This is impacted by several factors, including the age of the seeds, the type of plant they belong to, and their actual storage life.

Perennial flower seeds may have a different life expectancy compared to annual flower seeds or vegetable seeds.

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Conditions such as room temperature, moisture content of the seed, and exposure to direct sunlight all play key roles in their longevity.


Seeds thrive in conditions that simulate their natural dormant state which is cool, dry, and dark.

Storing seeds in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag can greatly reduce exposure to moisture and air.

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A cool area with a consistent temperature, like a basement or a closet, is ideal. Avoid areas prone to drastic temperature fluctuations, such as near heaters or windows.

Light can stimulate seeds to break dormancy. Store seeds in a dark place or in containers that block light to maintain dormancy.

For more specific info on flower seed viability, including a chart to see how many years you can sow your seeds, visit the blog.

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