Bonnie Kuhlman wrote:Is it necessary to separate seeds by year? So if I save seeds from my pepper plants for instance, every year, should I separate them by year so I know how old each batch is?
Ty Greene wrote:Good idea on the silica packet...dry uncooked rice could be another option I guess
Also, I've been told you should save about 200 seeds from as many different plants as possible from the same species each year to keep the genetic diversity at a healthy level.
You master gardeners out there, have I been misinformed???
Hamilton Betchman wrote:
Good morning Bonnie, I will tell you how I save my seeds. I have a multitude of small glass sample jars that I put a plain label on, and I record the date and specimen it was saved from. I also put a silica packet inside the jar, then after the seeds are fully dry, I place it in the freezer for long term storage. When you go to use the seeds, it's helpful to keep the jars inside the freezer while you get what you need out of them and place into temporary containers. I do not ever add any new seeds to these jars. They will last a really long time this way.
So, yes, I do think it's important to record the year you saved each particular seed, and keep them separate.
George Waterhouse wrote:Be careful when freezing seeds (good advice from Bonnie and Joseph). Verify from seed saver sites which seeds can be frozen and which cannot. Also, viability decreases over time. If you save your seed by year, you can sprout a few seeds each year from each growing season. Within a few years you will know how long you can keep your seeds. As for containers, those dozens of pill bottles you've been throwing away are particularly good for saving seed, and the amber color helps reduce the destructive effects of light.