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How to Save and Store Seeds

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Storing seeds that you obtained from different fruit and vegetables is a technique for home organic gardening. Save and keep your plant seeds for growing at a later time for when you decide to plant.While there isn’t a promise that your seeds would grow from storing them, you can take the additional tips to preserve them which will enable them to grow like they might of in their own environment

Before you decide to begin storing your seed products, you need to clean and dry them so that you can protect the seeds from any kind of molds, mildewing or humidity. In case your getting your seeds from a natural vegetable or fruit, you should get rid of the extra matter, like the cob, shell or gel coating from tomato seeds. You can save most seeds without any extra needed work, just wipe them dry and separate them from the husk or core. If you want to grow and store your own seeds, save something that you like to enjoy growing and eating. Planting your own food is an enjoyable experience.  The most common seed to save are tomato, cantelope, watermelon and pumpkin.  Even if you didn’t get your seed from vegetables or fruits, storing seed that you got from the gardener store will have the same effect.

Seed storage is one the many issues that you face when doing organic home gardening because you should have useable seeds for next season – store the seed you do not use. When creating your storage area you want to take into consideration the hot and cold temperature and humidity because you need to store them in a space that has a continual low temperature and lower levels of humidity. Any high levels of temp imbalances will reduce the amount of time your seeds will be good for. You can also use your freezer or refridgerator because you may not need a lot of space. If you decide to place them in the refridgerator or freezer, the ensure you place them into the back put away from the fan. You need a constant temperature so when the fan kicks on it will disburse cooler air, just like when you open the door, hotter air may go in. Essentially once you place them in these appliances, your almost causing hibernation within the seeds. If you need to store them for long term, use a freezer, shorter durations I would use a refridgerator. Do not forget any kind of humidity can damage them and reduce their life cycle or make them never germinate.

When you store them, arrange them into small packets and put the small packages inside a bigger container. Which protects them and covers them from any fluctuations in temps or any abnormally cold that may harm the seed. By storing them in smaller packets, it enables you to use what you want the next time you need them. You can use plastic baggies or envelopes – be sure to mark the date and type of seeds they are if you discarded the originally packing.

When it is time to plant, it may be best to take the seed you want to use and put them into another container, then into an area that is slightly warmer then the place they were initially kept a few days. This is a good time to prepare the seed planters. If you had them inside the freezer, put them into the fridge – if they were in the fridge, put them in a cool place such as a basement or cooler room in the house. This is the most difficult part because you still want to avoid the humidity issue. Not every place is exact and its hard to judge temperatures and how the seeds will react. You just want to have them stablized and provide them a couple of days to thaw before you plant. Some seeds might do better after freezing or refridgerating, since it copies the natural winter months.

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