Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Leftovers



I am always overly optimistic when it comes to finding space for baby plants at seed buying time, and last year we were just about to begin a backyard renovation so I should have resisted buying any at all.  It was the end of the summer before the work was finished and not a seed had been planted!

These are some of my very favorite plants so I will probably plant them this spring anyway and if they don't sprout, buy new.  Would you bother planting old seeds?  Have you grown these varieties?  I get excited just looking at the packets!

13 comments:

  1. I would plant them. I bet most of them will grow.

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  2. I would definitely give them a try, since I am pretty sure quite a few will still sprout...and I feel the same way as you - looking at seed packets always gets me excited with anticipation.

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  3. Those seed packets are so pretty, I figured they were either unopened or carefully sliced from the back.
    I am have had unplanted seeds before, give them a shot, who knows. I would imagine your germination rate will be a bit lower, but you will have plants.
    I haven't done this variety of zinnia, but had some others that were a couple years old, think I had 100% on them. Basil seeds are pretty easy and dill as well-- heck you could plant them inside.

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  4. Seeds keep better than we think...so long as they have been stored well. I am positive they will germinate.

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  5. Agreed. You've got a pretty tough lineup of plants there. I'll bet they do well if you just toss them in the ground. Or, if you're uncertain, try to germinate a few in a wet paper towel to check your rates.

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  6. I agree -- plant away! I LOVE zinnias and nasturtiums also. Have you see the green zinnia? can't remember the name of it.

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  7. I use seeds from the previous year all the time. I just don't have the heart to throw them out and it seems like such a waste of money. I keep mine in plastic ziploc bags with a little satchel of rice or those little silica bags that come with shoes, etc. to control the moisture.

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  8. Sow-sow-sow! Most seeds seem to keep for at least a few years, so while the germination rate might go down slightly you should still have plenty of seeds to get your garden blooming.

    Best of luck!

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  9. I have leftover seed packets, also. Many times they will sprout, sometimes not. But anything is better than nothing!

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  10. I have so many seed packets too. And I know that I can grow maybe one or two only. I wonder what will I do with all.

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  11. I always try out my old seeds. They often surprise you. Seems we share many favorites too. :)

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  12. Daricia - I have SO many seed packets! :) Yes, I would try planting them. Seeds are amazing things! I love nasturtiums and am planning to plant them this Spring. And, of course, Basil! Have to have Basil! :)

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  13. Go ahead and plant the seeds. As long as they haven't been opened they will be okay. You don't have anything to lose. I once planted some flowers from seed packets that were 3 yrs. old. I didn't expect them to do anything, but to my surprise, they came up. Good Luck!

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