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How long do you dry seeds for seed saving?

 
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I currently tend to let my seeds dry for about 4 days before putting them into storage.

Based on their appearance, it seems like they are dry by that point.

How long do you let your seeds dry before storing them?
 
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Steve Thorn wrote:I currently tend to let my seeds dry for about 4 days before putting them into storage.

Based on their appearance, it seems like they are dry by that point.

How long do you let your seeds dry before storing them?



I normally mean to dry them for a week or so.  Then I find them a few weeks later  It doesn't seem to hurt them to let them dry longer.  I truthfully don't give it much thought and I have good germination.  Their longevity may suffer, but I've never stored seeds long-term so I can't be sure.

I just ordered a bicycle pump that I'm going to use to vacuum pack seeds.  I'll probably have to be more conscious of the moisture content of those.
 
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I tend to go about a week. I'm not overly particular about it, and in fact I have some red kuri/hokkaido squash seeds that have been sitting out on my counter top for two weeks now. I walk right by them but can't seem to see them and bag them. For storage, I use paper bags or envelopes. I'm going to go bag those squash seeds right now....
 
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depends on humidity
 
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Trace Oswald wrote:Then I find them a few weeks later



Me too.
 
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James Freyr wrote: I'm not overly particular about it, and in fact I have some red kuri/hokkaido squash seeds that have been sitting out on my counter top for two weeks now. I walk right by them but can't seem to see them and bag them. ... I'm going to go bag those squash seeds right now....



I've done the same thing recently with some cucumber seeds.
 
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