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I had an old packet of cheap Bunyard Exhibition broad beans which had a use by date of 2006. I was loath to throw them, so sprouted them in a jar in the same way you do sprouts for eating, except that as soon as the root peeped out, I planted them in loo rolls. I was astounded that every seed germinated and they're now growing away in the greenhouse.


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,854

    I read an article about " out of date" seeds and they suggested trying a sample on moist tissue to see if they germinate,( as you can see germination immediately) I'd never throw seeds out without giving them a go. I sowed some seeds of salad bowl lettuce a couple of weeks ago which were " sow before 2012" , and I'm very happy with the germination. Give it a go, but maybe nice and early so you've time to buy more should they fail.

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    I've a packet of sunflowers seeds which should have been sown by 2010 and still looking good. They germinated last year and the last of them will be sown this year.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,778

    Pea and bean seeds keep for several years. Parsnips and carrots don't!

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • i keep my seeds in old sweet boxes ie xmas with dates on top and just try old seeds first if no luck i just buy new
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