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testing seed viability of 25-31 year old seed  RSS feed

 
Thomas warren
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I came across some very old seed packets, and as people tell me I can't use old seeds, I will be attempting to.
The dates range from 1984-1994.
I'll be updating as or if any progress is made.
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alex Keenan
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My money is on the cucumber. If anything grows it is likely to be that.
 
Thomas warren
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So the beans are covered in mold...
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May not be a bad mold? I would let it be and see what happens.
 
Thomas warren
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I'm still gonna water them.
I've been taking video as well, gonna string them together when i get done and YouTube it.
 
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Thomas, best bet to insure some germination of these seeds is to use blotter paper and a warm dark place. Once the seeds put out the primary root you can plant in a potting mix. The beans that have mold are easy, just wipe the mold off and keep them moist in blotter paper to sprout. That white mold is one that can cause damping off of the seed root.
 
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