Monday, July 27, 2009

1989 Was A Very Fine Year......For Seed

Here's one for the 'Believe It or Not' file.

We received an interesting e mail today from a person who likes to experiment with seed germination. They placed 2 seeds of Melon T&M Gaylia F1 Hybrid on a moist paper towel in a re-sealable plastic bag on top of the refrigerator. The first one germinated in 7 days and the other in 17 days.

While that doesn't seem out of the ordinary, here's where it gets interesting. This person received the seed from us back in July 1989- 20 years ago. The seeds had been kept at room temperature in the original packet with the foil inner packet since then.

After some searching in the Thompson & Morgan library, I found the original catalog description for this item:

Now that's impressive!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I have always wondered how long seed could actually be viable. I buy seed from several sources but yours are by far the best so I will be sure to hang on to any extras left over from planting. :)