Stick 'em in the freezer, they'll be fine for several years for the most part!
||I have given in and am wearing socks.|
Flannel sheets and winter comforter on bed. Frost possible late tonight so I must haul the last few pots of house plants indoors - several aspidistra, etc.
I was taught that to save seeds they should be kept cool, dark, and dry. No plastic baggies, not in freezer. Fold those cute semi-origami paper packets, put in clean glass jar with screw on lid. Slip in one of those moisture absorbing packets (come with some vitamins) and keep in refrigerator.
To make a paper seed packet:
Take a rectangular piece of letter paper / note paper of suitable size.
Fold in half lengthwise.
Make a double fold on the long open side.
Fold bottom up by about 1/3
Label with name of seeds and date, source also if you wild collected
Open top, add seeds and tap to shift them towards bottom
Fold top corners in, just a bit
Fold over sufficiently to tuck into bottom third that was folded up.
You now have a nice, securely closed, little seed packet that can be made more quickly than it took me to type this.
The only problem I've ever heard of with freezing seeds is moisture issues - either the seeds weren't dry enough before freezing, or the person opened the bag/jar before letting it warm up again after taking out of the freezer, and humidity condensed on the seeds before they were put back in a freezer. (If freezing, don't do those two things, and probably avoid paper packets)
I certainly agree with cooler temps and drier conditions, I guess we just have learned differently about the suitability of freezing.
A quick google turned up a nice article that says freeze or refrigerate:
Either way, cool and dry is good!
Well into the typhoon season now.....arrived back from the UK in time for the super typhoon with 150mph winds. Next one due today.....wind already steadily increasing to above 80mph.
October gardening work mainly consists of clearing wind damaged trees and plants.
I tend to keep my seeds in the corner of the larder in a paper bag. It stays fairly cool in there, and those seeds that will last for several years seem to be all right.
Graham, stay safe, and hope the typhoons don't do too much damage. Glad we only get gales, although those can be frightening enough, and a series tends to make you punch drunk about whether there will every be nice weather again.
We had the first frost two nights ago after a very clear night...still didn't see any Orionid meteors !
The Auraura (not spelling well today!) Borealis is supposed to be visible...we have too many clouds and street lights
||We did have frost last night, just a "kiss" at 30 degrees Fahrenheit / -1 centigrade. Canna look sad, can now cut back, dig, pack in peat moss for the winter. Fire in the wood burning stove this morning.|
||We have had a fire a couple of evenings, but didn't have one last night as it was fairly mild and husband had forgotten to bring any wood home.|
||No firewood? Shades of the shoemaker's barefoot children.|
||It's not so cold that we remember during the day. I nearly remembered yesterday, but then husband came back to the yard with the mower needing maintenance.|