Will 20 year old seeds grow?
There is a good chance that those old seed packets will have a high percentage of seeds that will germinate just fine.
Most seeds, though not all, will keep for at least three years while maintaining a decent percentage of germination.
And even a group of very old seeds may have 10 or 20 percent that still sprouts..
Why is saving seeds illegal?
The Save Our Seed Campaign The proposed royalty scheme would have farmers who use their own seed pay millions of dollars more to seed companies every year, and make illegal the ancient practice of freely saving and reusing seed by creating new regulations under the Plant Breeders Rights Act.
How do I save seeds for next year?
A dark closet in a cooler part of the house or a dry, cool basement are both good spaces to store seeds for a year or two. Once properly dried, seeds can also be sealed in airtight containers and stored in the refrigerator or freezer for several years. The seeds of some crops are naturally longer lived.
Can you freeze seeds for next year?
Freezing seeds does not harm them, and can greatly extend their lifespan if done properly. All seed banks freeze their seeds intended for long term storage! Humidity is a greater concern with freezing, as a blast of warm humid air on frozen seeds can damage them.
How long can you store seeds?
To keep the seeds cool (ideally, below 50 degrees), some people store them in a jar in their refrigerator or freezer. Seeds in good condition and stored properly will last at least one year and, depending on the plant, may last two to five years.