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Old grass seed- shelf life
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Don W.    Posted 10-08-2001 at 20:07:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can anyone tell me how long grass seed is good for? I have some thats been stored in a plastic garbage can for about 4 years. Thanks, Don

Bruce    Posted 10-09-2001 at 12:58:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Don, I used to grow grass seed comercially years ago, contracted through the agriculture dept.
Most of it was exported to the UK.
Basic and 1st generation seed yeilds about 99% purity and germination around 92%.
As a rule of thumb, work on germination dropping 10% on the second year and 20-30% thereafter.As long as it is stored in dry, cool and vermin proof containers, it should last up to 5 yrs.
Failing that, you may have to resow. Bruce

IHank    Posted 10-09-2001 at 08:16:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Don- In the past I kept bulk grass seed in snap top 5 gallon plastic buckets and had no loss and no germination problems. The germination rate might be down a bit, but you got nothing to loose in the deal anyway. Fall is a good time to sow because winter and snow melting will plant the seed as nature intended.

Go ahead and sow the seed a bit thicker than you normally would. It most likely will grow. If not, you took care of a disposal problem...

If you don't get the growth you want, re-seed as needed with new grass seed. Good luck, IHank

bobbi    Posted 05-28-2008 at 18:53:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm having the same problem. I bought my bag of seed last year, and its been 10 days since i spread it. the instructions indicate 7-10 days. How long ago did you plant yours? They say the first growth is really fine, so fine in fact that in order to see it you must stand back aways and get down at eye level and if there is growth you will see it.

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