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Seed Storage : How to store cannabis seeds

A question often asked by new growers is how to store seeds and how long do seeds in storage remain viable. Essentially the rules to follow are to keep your seeds in a cool dark place using an air tight container. 


Freezer

Some people believe that storing seeds in the freezer is the best way to keep them viable , however the freezing process itself ruptures cells that make up the seed which is why the recommendation is often accompanied with the warning that some seeds will be lost through the process. There are specially designed pieces of laboratory equipment which slowly bring the cell tissue to a freezing temperature however cost effectiveness and availability don't really make them a consideration for most. 

If you do wish to use your freezer , place the seeds into an air tight or vacuum sealed container with a food grade desiccant satchel before putting them into the freezer.


Refrigerator

A refrigerator is a suitable place to store your seeds though you have to remain cautious about moisture build-up as failure to do so can lead to the loss of your collection.

If you want to store your seeds in the fridge place the seeds into an air tight or vacuum sealed container with a food grade desiccant satchel or two before putting them into the fridge. This will help avoid the build up of moisture in the container.

Seeds stored in the fridge should remain viable for quite a few years , many have reported success after over 8-10 years storage. Though they will go off eventually and as time goes on you can expect the viability and rate of germination to slow until an eventual failure.


Room Temperature 

For storage lengths of a few years or less, room temperature storage in a dark cool area like a cupboard  is satisfactory.

If you want to store your seeds at room temperature, place your seeds into an air tight or vacuum sealed container with a food grade desiccant satchel or two before putting them into a cool , dark place. This will help avoid the build up of moisture in the container.

Seeds stored at room temperature should remain viable for quite a few years  so long as you use an airtight container. Though they will go off eventually and as time goes on you can expect the viability and rate of germination to slow until an eventual failure.

 

Hope that has answered a few initial questions , of course everyone has their own opinions on the topic so always look around for other peoples opinions aswell.

written by: Pure



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