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Question for any gardeners out there. I am planting a real garden this year for the first time. In the past I have just planted a few pepper and tomato plants in pots but this year I am going all out. I have already planted my seeds indoors and am just waiting for this crazy weather to warm up to plant them outdoors. I have a lot of seeds left over and was thinking of saving them to plant next year but the package says they expire in dec 2013. Do you really think they expire and would not work next year?

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Last updated: Mar. 27, 2013 9:56 am
Posted: Mar. 27, 2013 5:50 am
Answered by: Lucky Noodles
Mar. 27, 2013 5:56 am
It just depends. Usually some seeds will sprout after expiration but some won't. You can always save the seeds from this years garden.
Lucky Noodles
Mar. 27, 2013 5:57 am
Start some seeds on a damp paper towel to see how many don't germinate.
Lucky Noodles
Mar. 27, 2013 6:00 am
Or you can send me the seeds, I haven't started anything yet. Dad has some tomatoes and basil for me in his greenhouse. He said he has 8 different tomatoes, cannot wait for a garden fresh tomato!
Deb C
Mar. 27, 2013 6:19 am
I find that my left-over seeds will germinate, but at a lower percentage rate. I would hold onto them and use them for next year. Have fun!
Mar. 27, 2013 6:25 am
I agree with Deb C. I just found seeds that are 10 yrs. old and a few of them sprouted. Just seal the packets and store in a dark, dry place until needed. :o)
Mar. 27, 2013 7:15 am
I'll hang on to them and see what happens next year. I like the idea of keeping seeds from this year to use next year! I didnt even think of that! :)
Answered by: AuntE
Mar. 27, 2013 9:56 am
The percentage of what comes up just lowers. So if the % for this year is 95% of seeds, next year it could drop it 1/2. I always have a little piece of garden that I throw all leftover or last years seeds and they are mysterious when they come up. Remember for things like spinach, lettuce, you can get a fall crop after the main garden is 3/4 way through.
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