This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

germination test of old corn seeds

Copy of IMG_7166 I'm doing a germination test of my old corn seeds. They were "Packed for 2009" - 6 years old. Any bets on whether they'll sprout?



Anonymous Erin said...

Interested to see how your test goes. I am winter sowing some 5 year old sweet corn to see how it goes...

April 08, 2014 9:08 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I've read that corn seed is short lived, 1 or 2 years, so I'm not optimistic.

April 08, 2014 9:19 PM

Anonymous Will H said...

How do you do your germination test?

April 10, 2014 5:46 AM

Blogger kathy said...

To do germination test, I put 8 or 10 seeds of each variety on a damp paper towel and covered them with a damp paper towel. I kept the towels damp for a week and checked the seeds for sprouting often. I never saw any signs of sprouting. So I threw out all the seeds. I'll buy fresh popcorn seeds.

April 24, 2014 2:36 AM


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