How Long Can Saved Seed Last?
Is it worth it to save seeds from your garden? We believe so! The average storage life of a seed is dependent on how they are stored. Ideal conditions for storage is in a cool and dry area. They need to be put into something like paper envelopes, ziploc baggies, glass jars, or a storage bin to eliminate moisture and warmth with glass containers as the preferred choice.
How long will they last?
Here are some estimates based on ideal conditions;
1 year: onions, parsnips
2 years: corn, spinach
3 years: beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, peas
4 years: cucumbers, chard, lettuce, peppers, squash, melons
5 years: radishes, tomatoes, turnips