Proper seed storage is key to maintaining the germination, vigor and vitality of the seed for next year’s crop. If you’re buying seeds in bulk and planning to store them, there are specific storage conditions the seeds will require.
Many large seed companies have a specific room, called a cold room, where they can regulate the temperature and humidity of the room, but we have solutions to help bring this concept to stores and companies of every size.
Here are our tips for storing your seeds in your store:
Keep your seeds stored in a dry, cool environment
A temperature between 32° and 41°F is ideal. A refrigerator is a good way to have control over temperature and mimic the cold room concept found in large-scale companies.
If you do not have a way to keep the seeds below 41°F, store them in a dark, cool area that stays 55-60°F or lower. Seeds stored in these higher temperatures will not be viable as long, however.
Store seeds in air-tight containers
Zip-lock storage bags, glass jars or plastic containers with snap-on lids are all great options. Ensure storage containers are properly sealed to prevent airflow. Use dark, opaque containers to help minimize light exposure to the seeds.
Place containers in a dry area
Basements and attics–areas that are hard to control the humidity–aren’t the most ideal areas to store seeds. If storing seeds in a refrigerator, adding a container of baking soda can help absorb moisture and keep humidity levels down.
Before sealing or closing the storage containers, add a packet of silica gel (the little packets you find in your shoes). This way, if there is any moisture in the bag, the silica gel will remove any moisture that is present.
If you have any questions about storing your seeds or purchasing seeds in bulk, reach out—we are glad to help. Contact us today!