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Seed question
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BOSS    Posted 01-16-2004 at 17:34:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I grew sunflowers this last year and I have tons of seeds from them. I saved them all in a bucket in the garage. Is it true that the seeds need to freeze before you plant them next year ? and if it is, they have definetly froze already. Can I bring them inside now? I don't want the mice to get them out there in the garage.


Alias    Posted 01-17-2004 at 00:25:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some of the packages suggest that you place the seed into the freezer or refrigeratorfor a few days or even a couple of weeks just prior to planting. The idea being that the seeds will germinate faster when they are placed into the warmer ground. I suppose the sudden change in temperature sets off a built-in timer that tell the seeds to get about the business of sprouting new growth.

What I like to do for keeping seed is to drill about 40 to 50 tiny (1/8") holes in a 5 gal. bucket and place the loose seeds inside. Put a lid on the bucket and hang it in a cool dry place. This allows air in and keeps mice out. If the seeds are very small, I like to first place them inside the cut off stockings from the wife's panty hose before placing them in the predrilled buckets. Usually, you can get the buckets free at the deli counter of a grocery store. I only use the ones that have been used for food items such as potato salad and cole slaw. I don't like to use paint or other chemical buckets for storing seed. Hope this helps gfp


BOSS    Posted 01-17-2004 at 06:12:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good idea Alias, I'll do that. I need to get them up and out of the way.


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