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Storing seeds while on road trip across USA

 
Andrew Sheets
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Hello, not sure where to post this but here I go.
I have a pretty big amount of seed I just purchased thinking I could grow them out and start saving seed this year, but it turns out in tracking down to Ashville nc area to wwoof and hopefully find another place to grow and save seed with.
So my worry is keep my seeds safe and viable while traveling around. So far I have a 6 gallon screw down food bucket , big zip lock bags, original packets the seeds come in, and some glass jars. I have also purchased some indicated Cilicia gell from southern exposure. My thought is to put the seed bags then in the bucket with Cilicia gell.
Does that sound like a good environment for the seeds or would something else work better?

I've spent good money on the seed and hope they will last and that I will not have to buy much more seed the fallowing years. Relying on seed saving and trading is my goal. So I hope you fellow permies have some good experience with travling seed banks!
Thanks
 
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Zip-lock bags in a 6 gallon bucket sounds like a good plan to me. And keep it as cool as possible... In other words, out of sunlight, and not in the hottest storage place you can find.

I have busted a few glass jars while traveling with them. I still travel with glass jars full of seeds, but acknowledging ahead of time that some are going to break from time to time.
 
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With minimal care, most seeds will last several years.
Keep the seeds out of direct sunlight, and in a cool place (refrigerator is perfect for most seeds).
Keep them dry...and a caveat about silica gel:
The EU (European Union) has classified silica gel as a carcinogen. It is illegal to use it there. (Air borne dust issue.)

Onion seeds are one of the few that do not last long. Usually 1-2 years max. Plant what you have this year.
I know a lady who germinated tomato seeds that were in a garage/barn for 30 years.
Germination wasn't great, but good enough to save some old breeding stock.

Mason jars are fine for around the house storage, but I would be reluctant to use them on a long road trip.



 
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Only one thing, be extra careful about leaving them in your car. Six months or more of the year, here, you can get visible burns from the metal of our seat belts. We successfully killed bedbugs simply by leaving the contaminated items inside a closed car for a few days. One day might have been enough. That heat builds up faster than you might expect, and would quickly kill all your seeds.

Sorry if this seems obvious. I frequently miss things that are obvious to other people, because I look at things from such an odd perspective. I've learned to err on the side of caution here.
 
Andrew Sheets
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Awesome, great info! I'll try and take out the seeds when ever we stop. The Celica gell is diffrent than your normal. The gel is orange when completely dry and changes to dark green as it absorbs moisture. We have been alerted that most blue-to-pink indicating silica gels contain cobalt chloride, which might pose a risk of cancer; the primary concern is with dust inhalation. That's from southern exposure seeds. I can even put seeds in bags, then glass then bucket haha.
 
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Do you have a friend/family member with a nice cool basement who could hang on to a bucket for you? Seems much better for the seeds and lower hassle than dragging them around with you! Could even ship them to someone to store...
 
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