Survival Seed Banks, Part 3: Seed Storage Common Problems

| 1/3/2014 8:11:00 AM

Tags: landrace gardening, Joseph Lofthouse, seed bank, Utah,

If we are going to go to the expense and trouble of assembling a stash of seeds for use in the future then it is important to store them in a manner that is likely to provide viable seeds when we are ready to plant.

A great seed storage strategy should take into account all of the ways that seeds are commonly lost. In my personal experience, seeds are most commonly lost or damaged in the following ways. My list is sorted from most common to least common for my personal seed losses. I have never experienced a disaster, but included it on the list for the sake of completeness: human foibles, animals, bugs, moisture, heat, decay and disasters.

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