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#1 cyberwarrior

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Posted 03 July 2018 - 01:47 PM

I have some peppers seeds that have a sell by 12-31-14 on the package. Would these seeds germinate?



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Posted 03 July 2018 - 01:49 PM

Only one way to find out...



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Posted 03 July 2018 - 01:54 PM

Seed vaults exist in case of a world changing catastrophe. Are they constantly having to cycle out old seeds?

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Posted 03 July 2018 - 01:54 PM

Germination rates will probably be lower but you should be able to get some to pop. Just do the paper towel method and only plant ones that sprout so you dont waste your time on ones that aren't viable.

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Posted 03 July 2018 - 02:03 PM

I will try and see what happens



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Posted 03 July 2018 - 02:16 PM

This season I started seeds I had harvested from two different varieties of peppers I grew out in 2013 and saw a high percentage of germination. They seemed slightly slower to germinate but the plants still seem to be  growing out healthy. I regularly see good viability in pepper seeds for 4 to 5 years. Granted seed viability durations vary from species to species.



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Posted 03 July 2018 - 03:44 PM

I find that chinense seeds seem to be good for very long periods of time, while pubescens - as I recently discovered - might not even last 2.  Also, it depends on whether they were even viable to begin with.  I'm noticing (again on C. Pubescens) that not all seeds come to maturity at the same time.  So you can have a hodgepodge of good seed, bad seed, strong seed, runt seed.

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Then there's the question of temperature, light, storage media, etc, etc, etc.

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Not a simple question.


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Posted 03 July 2018 - 04:57 PM

A member here by the name of Sawyer is growing tons of plants sprouted from super old, close-to-original ghost pepper seeds. He may have some advice on germinating older seeds.

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Posted 03 July 2018 - 09:24 PM

A member here by the name of Sawyer is growing tons of plants sprouted from super old, close-to-original ghost pepper seeds. He may have some advice on germinating older seeds.

 

I got some of these seeds from him and had great germination 5-5 all came up



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Posted 04 July 2018 - 10:59 AM

The hippie dippy seed saving rule of thumb is 10% decrease in germination every year if stored right.

 

 


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