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Dec 12, 2014 12:37 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Well, everyone has his or her own way to store seeds, so you'll have to find out what works best for you.
I will tell you my way to store seeds.
First of all, I almost never put my seeds in the freezer. I know seed banks do that, but none of us has a freezer to keep them as cold as they do. Besides that, a lot of tropical seeds won't survive that.
After I harvested seeds from my garden, I let them dry for at least 2 weeks, bigger seeds need more time, seeds of pumpkins need at least 2 months! The only time I got mould in my seeds was when I stored the pumpkin seeds after a month.
After drying, it's important to clean the seeds to get rid of chaff and insects and the eggs. Most insects will be gone after drying (they prefer to fly around in the room or excape through the window).
I know Ella can tell you a lot about seed packets she gets with insects. Maybe those seeds were not cleaned well or maybe I don't have any insects or eggs of them that will survive.
Anyway after drying and cleaning I store my seeds in closed containers, mostly the ones who were used to store rolls of film (hope this is the right word for it - see the picture)

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I store my seeds in the former stables. Temperatures are between 15°C in summer and -2°C in winter. Besides the pumpkin seeds, no seed ever moulded, even not after 4 years in those containers!

People who live in a humid climate, might have to dry and store in another way, but for me it works well. I do not have the intention to keep seeds viable forever, but usually they stay viable for at least the amount of years that they should be viable.

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