REMEMBER the old adage Waste not, want not? You can apply this bit of wisdom to your “old” annual and vegetable seeds, too. For instance, consider the Cherokee Purple tomato seeds pictured above. I purchased these back in 2010, and have plenty left over. But are they still viable after two years have passed? Well, let’s find out.
To test for seed-viability, gather together a paper towel, a plastic bag and ten seeds.Why ten seeds? Because this number will permit you to calculate the germination expectancy in terms of percentages. Consequently, if only 5 out of 10 seeds sprout, you’ll know to plant twice as many seeds in order to achieve 100-percent of the crop you want. Here’s the testing procedure:
Next, place the towel in a plastic bag, and seal it to lock in moisture. Then label the bag as to seed-type, the year the seeds were packed for sale and date of your test, as above. Set the seeds some place dark and warm. Mine go in my desk drawer.
Check the seeds every daily, by opening the bag, removing the towel, and unfolding it. Some seeds germinate very quickly, while others can be poky. Re-moisten the towel if seems a little dry.
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