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Old 10-31-2004, 02:15 AM #1
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Question preservative seeds - how you do it ?

Hi All
I like to ask all of you how you preserve you seeds.
do you add some desiccant and which one ?
do you put them in the refrigerator or maybe freezer ?

please try to answer from experience with success of more then 6 months.

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Old 10-31-2004, 03:17 AM #2
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Hey Zozo! --

I know frig storage has been mentioned, and seems most popular... But probably any cool, dry, dark place will also do if you cannot use a frig.

My "first grow" not too long ago was from bagseed, which I know some of which must've been over 5 years old! They had been in plastic film canisters in a small bedroom safe. I had better than 90% germ rate from those that I started...


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Old 10-31-2004, 03:27 AM #3
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some rice in those containers with the seed is good , and keep em in the fridge , they always seem to strike quicker coming from the fridge i find , and keep fresh ...
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Thanks guy

I will tell you what I am doing till now.
(now I will have much bigher amounts :p )

I have a box like the one that I have for fishing


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and in the box I have small boxes the one you put you pills for each day of the week. with name and date.


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and I put there some sillica gell balls (when they turn pink I replace them to blue ones)


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and all that big box have a nice place in the back of the fridge (I don'y freez them)
do you think it will be good for long term ?

- from what I hear here it's yes -
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Old 10-31-2004, 04:19 AM #5
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and Bazeado ....

I was growing so many time these Lebanese and smoked them most of my smoking life
that I what to try alllll but that ....

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Old 10-31-2004, 05:02 AM #6
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you can deep freeze seeds and they are still good?
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Old 10-31-2004, 01:10 PM #7
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yes they are still good after being frozen ....
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I use silca gel packs and the little barrels I find in pill bottles. I leave thyem at room temp. I have never had a problem with germination rates. Except In the mid 90's when I ordered from that fucker Emery.Then germ rates of seeds I got averaged 50%. Fuck that bastard I am done venting.
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I generally store mine in the fridge in zip-locks and have germed seeds that are several years old.

The good news is that Cannabis seeds are extremely hardy.If you look at the plants normal lifecycle outdoors,the seeded female dies at the end of the fall and over the course of the winter the seeds are exposed to sunlight,rain and some times freezing or extremely fluxuating temperatures.After all that abuse they still germ and continue to propagate themselves with no human intervention.

I don't use rice or silica gel.I've given some thought to those processes and I'm not convinced it is necessary.
A completely dry seed will not germanate,it will not sink in a glass of water because it is non-viable.
Cannabis seed must retain some moisture to remain viable.If you cut a seed in half and look inside you'll find it looks just like the meat of a nut,not dry but not wet either.I believe that most nuts contain about 5% moisture,my guess is that cannabis seeds probably contain about the same.
I think maybe the desiccant thing is carried over from pollen storage where moisture is will destroy the pollen.

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Smile I agree with Wally but worry about too much desicant

I might place 3-5 grains of rice in a 155 seed pack but what if you did too much desicant in with the seed container. Might it draw the moisure out of the seeds themselves? Just a worry I have wondered about.

When frozen they last but remember that they will probably crack upon thawing making them best kept frozen until planting or germination. I find refrigeration and dark makes them last plenty long for most people. BOG
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