5 Secrets to Long Term Seed Storage
Are you interested in saving seeds for either biodiversity purposes, healthy food choice purposes, or for emergency preparedness (all good reasons!)?
If so, be sure to choose the best seeds then, once you have them, make extra sure to store them properly.
It will do you no good to have a bunch of seeds you believe will sprout but don’t. This is frustrating at best, and downright dangerous in a survival situation.
The short video below from SurvivalEssentials explains the proper way to store seeds for maximum survivability.
Rodale’s also gives their top tips for seed storage, some of which are excerpted below:
1. Think dry and cool no matter where you store seed. Humidity and warmth shorten a seed’s shelf life.2. Keep seed packets in plastic food storage bags, plastic film canisters, Mason jars with tight-fitting lids, or glass canisters with gasketed lids.3. The refrigerator is generally the best place to store seeds.4. Keep your seed-storage containers well away from the freezer section of your refrigerator.5. To keep seeds dry, wrap 2 heaping tablespoons of powdered milk in 4 layers of facial tissue, then put the milk packet inside the storage container with the seed packets. Or add a packet of silica gel. Replace every 6 months.