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Seeds past their sell-by date


By Katya

Kent, United Kingdom Gb

I've had some seeds in a drawer, some bought or collected a few years ago, but principally a packet of climbing nasturtium seeds which I ordered last year from Suttons as a quick fix for an arch, but never got round to sowing them. I sowed them today, but the packet says their expiry date was June 2008. Will they germinate? With a similar pack some years ago I had a 100% success rate. And is there any hope for the older ones if I sow them this year?



Well Katya, as you have already sown them, just wait and see. You may have some success.

27 Apr, 2009


I heard on gardeners world not to give up on O.O.D seeds think they said unless it was carrots

hope it works for you
x x x

27 Apr, 2009


I've got some from 2002 that I found in a clear out - I'm going to give them a chance and I'll let you all know the results! lol

27 Apr, 2009


Yes Mookins, carrots is right, also beetroot.
Don't squeeze the packets because you will break up the seeds.

27 Apr, 2009


i'd have done the same give em a chance!

27 Apr, 2009


You have nothing to lose by planting them, or you can try some on damp kitchen towel to see if any germinate.

27 Apr, 2009


Progress report on my OOD seeds - 4 days later the first Morning Glory have germinated. It just shows how tough seeds are! The packet had a best before date of 12/2002!

1 May, 2009


Plants don't know the date!!

7 May, 2009


So far, only the morning glory have germinated, but they are all through and growing well.

The other two packets, Chilean glory vine and bergamot, are both either dead or slow. Interestingly, the morning glory are large seeds, the others small, so maybe it depends on size?

7 May, 2009


well at leasr something good has come out of it

well done you

x x x

7 May, 2009


Keep the Morning glory plants warm and don't plant out til June. If they get cold they go all pale and stop growing.

13 May, 2009


Thanks for these answers. I'm afraid I got 2 out of 20 (sounds like an exam result). I think the problem was snails. I put down slug pellets to protect the seedlings I was expecting, but they just attracted more snails so the whole patch turned into a rather smelly snail graveyard. Snails are a big problem with us and I'm looking for alternative solutions. I've been told nematode worms are a good idea.

24 May, 2009

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