Sonny, how do you keep your seeds

Farming and rural life discussion forum. Cooking, hunting, gardening, fishing, critters, etc.

Moderator: Team Cub

Sonny, how do you keep your seeds

Postby smigelski » Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:11 pm

How do you keep your seeds from mildewing. It seems every year I will get 1 batch or 2 that mildew.I store mine in glass and plastic jars. What am I doing wrong. I make sure I dry them pretty well.
smigelski
5+ Years
5+ Years
 
Posts: 872
Joined: Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:46 pm
Location: NJ, pennsville
Zip Code: 08070
Tractors Owned: JD 4040
JD 301A
Ford 3910
Oliver 770
FCub 1947
Fcub 1952
Farmall 100

Re: Sonny, how do you keep your seeds

Postby beaconlight » Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:17 pm

they only mildow when too wet
Bill

"Life's tough.It's even tougher if you're stupid."
- John Wayne

" We hang petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."
- Aesop
User avatar
beaconlight
Cub Pro
Cub Pro
 
Posts: 7701
Joined: Thu Aug 19, 2004 2:31 pm
Location: NY Staten Island & Franklin
Zip Code: 10314

Re: Sonny, how do you keep your seeds

Postby SONNY » Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:56 pm

I have found that they need to be REALLY dry!---I had some that felt dry, but weren't!----It takes quite a while to get them down to safe levels.---after harvesting desired amount,--I spread them out on the front room table, (visitors make strange remarks about it but we live with it!), on paper towels and stir them every day to start with so they dont sprout on the towel.---after they make a hollow sound we put them in small soil sample bags( the wax coated paper kind) and leave the tops open.--also mix in a little sevin powder to keep the bugs out and set them on the back corner of the small counter in the kitchen or on top of the christmas tree box,(we keep our tree in a box and assembled year round, just open door and drag out the plug and plug-it-in!)
This keeps the seed up and warm/dry for the rest of the year. I have experimented with other methods and this works for us.---Mom used to put seed into jars, but never tightened the lids down and hers always kept!

Some say to heat the seed in the oven at 300 degrees for 30 mins.---Don't think I would recommend that as it could kill the germ!---we never tried doing the oven thing on seed!
thanks; sonny
SONNY
5+ Years
5+ Years
 
Posts: 2239
Joined: Thu Nov 09, 2006 11:26 pm
Zip Code: 00000

Re: Sonny, how do you keep your seeds

Postby smigelski » Tue Dec 09, 2008 7:35 am

I think I need to go with a different method of storage, I realized that my jars are in the garage and condensate a little with the temperature change from when the heat is on or day vs night.
smigelski
5+ Years
5+ Years
 
Posts: 872
Joined: Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:46 pm
Location: NJ, pennsville
Zip Code: 08070
Tractors Owned: JD 4040
JD 301A
Ford 3910
Oliver 770
FCub 1947
Fcub 1952
Farmall 100

Re: Sonny, how do you keep your seeds

Postby Billy Fussell » Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:44 pm

Not trying to hijack the thread cause it wasn't addressed to me, but we put the dry seed either paper sacks or zip lock freezer bags, label them, and put in the freezer. Then when you get ready to plant, the seed will have sweated a little after removing from freezer, and it gives them a little moisture to get started on. I have not noticed any damage to the seed when used in my planter. Just another method.

Billy
Billy Fussell
5+ Years
5+ Years
 
Posts: 661
Joined: Fri Feb 16, 2007 11:28 am
Location: Tx., Milam
Zip Code: 75959

Re: Sonny, how do you keep your seeds

Postby smigelski » Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:02 pm

that is not hijacking. thanks for the input. when looking at saving over a $1000 in seed cost any input is good input
smigelski
5+ Years
5+ Years
 
Posts: 872
Joined: Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:46 pm
Location: NJ, pennsville
Zip Code: 08070
Tractors Owned: JD 4040
JD 301A
Ford 3910
Oliver 770
FCub 1947
Fcub 1952
Farmall 100

Re: Sonny, how do you keep your seeds

Postby SONNY » Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:52 pm

Billy!!! Jump right in here and add input!!!---any other folks out there have a favorite method that they use,--please post your ideas too!!!! thanks; sonny
SONNY
5+ Years
5+ Years
 
Posts: 2239
Joined: Thu Nov 09, 2006 11:26 pm
Zip Code: 00000

Re: Sonny, how do you keep your seeds

Postby Super A » Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:52 am

Billy Fussell wrote:Not trying to hijack the thread cause it wasn't addressed to me, but we put the dry seed either paper sacks or zip lock freezer bags, label them, and put in the freezer. Then when you get ready to plant, the seed will have sweated a little after removing from freezer, and it gives them a little moisture to get started on. I have not noticed any damage to the seed when used in my planter. Just another method.

Billy

A fridge or freezer is one of the most useful tools a gardener can have for seed storage/prep. IF you have leftover seed or save your own, you can store them, many for indefinate periods of time, in the freezer. It also keeps critters (mice, insects) from getting into them if you stored them in a shed or somewhere.

Al
White Demo Super A Restoration Updates

Let us pray for farmers and all who prepare the soil for planting, that the seeds they sow may lead to a bountiful harvest.
User avatar
Super A
10+ Years
10+ Years
 
Posts: 3433
Joined: Mon Jan 26, 2004 10:53 am
Location: NC, Jacksonville area
Zip Code: 28521
Tractors Owned: 1949 Cub "The Paperweight"
Cub powered IH 52R combine
Grandfather's 1948 Super A
White demo Super A-"Ol Whitey"
1950 Super A "Old Ugly"
1954 Super A-1
856
Buncha other junk
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y

Re: Sonny, how do you keep your seeds

Postby smigelski » Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:24 am

about what temperature should the freezer be kept at?
smigelski
5+ Years
5+ Years
 
Posts: 872
Joined: Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:46 pm
Location: NJ, pennsville
Zip Code: 08070
Tractors Owned: JD 4040
JD 301A
Ford 3910
Oliver 770
FCub 1947
Fcub 1952
Farmall 100

Re: Sonny, how do you keep your seeds

Postby Super A » Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:53 pm

smigelski wrote:about what temperature should the freezer be kept at?


Freezing. Image

But seriously, whatever the freezer is set at for your groceries.

I order all my spring seeds for school--around $300 worth which will fit in a single box about the size of a Cub voltage regulator, flower seed is EXPENSIVE--in the fall and store them in my little fridge at school until they are ready to use. I have some collard, cabbage, and other veggie seed that was three years old or more when I planted it last and they did fine. Keeping them cold will add a long time to their viability.

Al
White Demo Super A Restoration Updates

Let us pray for farmers and all who prepare the soil for planting, that the seeds they sow may lead to a bountiful harvest.
User avatar
Super A
10+ Years
10+ Years
 
Posts: 3433
Joined: Mon Jan 26, 2004 10:53 am
Location: NC, Jacksonville area
Zip Code: 28521
Tractors Owned: 1949 Cub "The Paperweight"
Cub powered IH 52R combine
Grandfather's 1948 Super A
White demo Super A-"Ol Whitey"
1950 Super A "Old Ugly"
1954 Super A-1
856
Buncha other junk
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y

Re: Sonny, how do you keep your seeds

Postby smigelski » Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:58 pm

guess I load all my seed up and take over to the farm, I have a fridge and freezer there for cold storage. I'll have to slide bambi over for some seed.
smigelski
5+ Years
5+ Years
 
Posts: 872
Joined: Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:46 pm
Location: NJ, pennsville
Zip Code: 08070
Tractors Owned: JD 4040
JD 301A
Ford 3910
Oliver 770
FCub 1947
Fcub 1952
Farmall 100


Return to Farm Life and Better Half Forum

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest