Are my old garden seeds still usable?


Most seed packets state the year of intended use, usually on the top or bottom flap, and many also list minimum germination standards and usual seed life. That's a good place to start when determining whether or not you can use seeds from past seasons.

Seeds that have been stored in a cool, dry place are generally viable for at least a year past the season for which they were packaged and may be good for up to five years.

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