Store seeds in fridge or freezer?

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  1. MOFishin

    MOFishin New Seed

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    I just did a google search and different articles said different things. So, how do you store your seeds?
     
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  3. Coppice

    Coppice In Flower

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    Seeds that need cold stratification go into a zip-bag with damp peat or damp paper-towel, and then into fridge.

    Dried seeds go into a filing cabinet on an inside wall away from sunlight.
     
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    Tacticalgardener Seedling

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    I've heard room temperature, away from heat or moisture (cool dry place). I've also heard for long term storage, in an airtight container or zip lock in the fridge. A lot of the "seed vaults" where they are attempting to preserve historic plant species seeds are refrigerated. Freezer may damage some seeds that can't get that cold.
     
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    kate In Flower

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    Mine are usually in a plastic container with a lid. Only tropical seed of mine when I have any go in the freezer to aid scarification.
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  6. Palustris

    Palustris Young Pine

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    Freezing seed sends it into deep hibernation. Even seeds which need a period of cold do not need to be frozen, only chilled. The best place for seeds which you intend sowing in Spring is the Salad compartment of a domestic refrigerator where they can be kept at about 40f. This of course assumes that the seeds have been properly dried before storing.Wet seed will rot even if frozen.
     
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    mart Hardy Maple

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    Most all seeds should go into the freezer for long term storage. Just make sure they are dry.
     
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    LIcenter In Flower

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    Once my seeds are dried, I store them in my garage. It'll get pretty chilly in there, but never freezes. Annuals like marigolds, I just tie a bunch up and hang in the garage also. When spring arrives I take the whole bunch, and whack them against the inside of a thirty gallon pail.
     

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