How To Store Seeds

There are many ways to store seeds. You can use plastic zip baggies, jars, small paper bags, tiny boxes (ie. jewelry boxes). Below is one of the ways I store them.

Allowing a few cilantro plants to bolt.

Here, I’ve allowed a few cilantro plants to bolt.

Collecting cilantro seeds.

Collecting cilantro seeds. I like to use a white paper towel so I can see the seeds. As for seeds like my oak leaf lettuce; being white/light grey, I will sometimes use brown paper towels. Clear large zip bags work great too for light colored seeds, well, for any seeds for that matter… πŸ˜‰

One way I store them is making “paper towel” envelopes.

Cut a paper towel to size. This one was a "select a size" type paper towel and I cut it in half.

Cut a paper towel to size. This one was a “select a size” type paper towel and I cut it in half. (Oh and the seeds you see here in this photo happens to be onion seeds.)

After putting a a bit of seeds in the center...I eyeball folding the paper in three. I a third of the paper over the seeds then the other third over that.

After putting a bit of the seeds in the center…I eyeball, folding the paper in three. A third of the paper over the seeds, then the other third over that.

Then I fold that in thirds. Folding the bottom third towards the middle then the top third I make a triangle...

Then, again in thirds. I fold the bottom third towards the middle (over the seeds). The top third I make a triangle…

See a triangel? :)

See the triangle πŸ™‚

I then tuck the triangle into the slot made from folding the paper in thirds.

From here I just tuck the triangle into the slot made from folding the paper in thirds.

When planting the seeds I will plant the paper towel too. Why not compost it? πŸ™‚

Label the packet. Don't forget the date too!

Label the packet. Don’t forget the date too!

There you go, one way to store seeds. As I said before, there are many ways to store seeds. Why I especially like this method of seed storing is when I do plant them, I’ve pre-measured out the Β perfect amount of seeds. I take a “packet” and all the seeds in “said” packet get planted. No fuss.

So allow a plant or two to bolt and collect the seeds. It’s so satisfying to know year after year the plants you grow are from seeds you’ve collected. It’s also nice to save money not having to buy more seed.

Tip: Only collect seeds from plants that you know taste good and grow well. If you allow a “poorly” producing plant to bolt and collect seed from that, you may be growing more poorly producing plants. So allow the best looking plant to bolt and collect from that one.

Tip: Make sure before you harvest the seeds the plant has finished blooming and has dried. I usually leave the plant alone until it’s dead. However it is difficult to control the weather and if you have especially strong winds, you may loose your seeds; such as lettuce seeds as the seeds have the same type of fuzzy tops like a dandelion and that fuzzy head will catch the wind and fly away! You can cut the plant and dry them indoors. As I type this, my bolted lettuce is drying on hooks above my kitchen sink.

Tip: I don’t worry too much about getting each seed totally “clean”. The fuzz or bits of dried stem won’t interfere with germination.

Eat well, be well. It’s up to you to take care of your health. Eating organic and non-GMO foods are great ways to a more healthful YOU! You’d be surprised how small changes you make can add up to huge benefits later on.

Cheers, Koko

Thank you for reading. I’d love to hear your comments. Do you have a favorite way to store seeds?

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57 thoughts on “How To Store Seeds

    • Gardening is a lot of work but oh so satisfying when you are harvesting all your goodies! This year my garden has taken quit a hit, but I’m still not giving up! The weather has been hard on it. I need to make some changes. Again, not giving up! I’m glad you got something out of this post. The seed packets are convenient for me. I take a few and put it in my pocket and out to the garden I go! Making them is quite meditative! Thank you Lynz for commenting. Happy to see you! Have a glorious day! πŸ™‚

    • You will get the hang of gardening. I’m learning all over again growing things in the south! It really is different from state to state. Best of luck to you and your gardening endeavors I know you can do it! One day you’ll be picking amazing goodies that you’ve grown! I believe in you! πŸ™‚

  1. You know what our problem is? We can’t bear to let a beautiful, well-producing fruit go to seed. That is greedy isn’t it! πŸ™‚ You have a lot of cilantro seeds – looks great. You have inspired us to try to let some go. The only seeds we have collected so far are petunias – hahaha pretty useless πŸ™‚

    • Hahahaha…but just think of all the pretty petunias you will have from seed! I grow more than I need and let a few go to seed. I know what you mean though wanting to eat it all. You grow such beautiful food I don’t blame you! I’d be giddy to be your neighbor! I could learn so much! Nice to see you here. Have a great day! Koko πŸ™‚

      • Yes, I haven’t posted. I have tried to keep up reading though. Been a crazy couple of months. Thank you kindly for noticing. πŸ™‚ I’m hoping to keep on keeping on! I’ve been pouring cement steps and building a lot of things and well life….I’m touched by your comment. I’ve got a muffin recipe coming that I’m sure you will love! πŸ™‚ Hope your day is awesome!

  2. Very cool ideas. It would never have occurred to me to plant the seeds with the paper towel. For the frugal minded this concept of growing your own seeds works well also. I am usually prepared when I read your posts to hold my jaw with one hand to prevent it from gaping open in amazement. You are one of the most creative people I have been blessed to meet (even though only online).

    Keep smiling, keep exercising and keep enhancing everyone else’s life through your creative skills!

    • Thank you Jonathan for such kind words! Your comments never cease to bring a smile to my face. It’s been a crazy couple of months and I wasn’t sure if I’d keep posting. Thank you for being such a supportive cheerleader! πŸ˜‰ Means a lot. I used to make envelopes when I was a kid to go with the cards I’d make for people. This was just an extension of that. It’s quite meditative to fold the seeds in the paper towels. I think about them safely tucked in, until they are planted and greeted by the shining sun! This year has been an interesting year for my garden. Not as prolific. More bugs and not as much fruit. I’m not giving up! I’m making some changes now. I’d love to have a couple of chickens to let loose to eat the bugs! Hope your day is beautiful and full of fun. How’s that pooch of yours?

  3. You have to be about the most creative, inventive, outside-the-box person I have ever come across! Once again, I love your post and will be putting it to use.
    Thank you for the great ideas!!!!

  4. It totally makes sense about not using seeds which didn’t grow well. Too bad I have no sense…probably why many if ours didn’t produce! We cut up paper bags to store our seeds. Great tips, thanks!

  5. Such an awesome idea. I never thought of collecting my own seeds. Although I don’t know if it would be worth it for me. Up here in Canada we have a short gardening season and I usually buy seedlings already a few inches tall. I’ll try next year if I can get some basil seedlings. πŸ™‚ great post!

    • Short seasons are difficult to work with. I am planning a green house so I can start my seeds. I used to start them indoors until I got owned by a few kitties! They love to play in the plants! Thank you for reading. It was lovely reading your comment! πŸ™‚

  6. This is a great way to store seeds. Easy and effortless really the next spring when it comes time to start your garden. I wasn’t able to have any herbs or vegtable plants this year as I had no outdoor space, no indoor space either really with all my plants. I’ll remember this thought next fall when it’s time to collect seeds!

    • It really is convenient. I slip a few packets in my pocket and off I go! I appreciate you checking out my blog and kindly leaving a comment. Take care and hope the rest of your week is awesome! πŸ™‚

    • I am constantly learning how to garden. I have predominantly clay to work with so my main effort is improving the soil. This years crop was really lack luster. So sad, though I learned something! Thank you for stopping by and kindly commenting. Have a lovely evening! πŸ™‚

    • Plastic bags are handy too. Keeps water off them if your probed to getting soaked as I do when I go outside. I get the hose in my hands and it’s over! Hahaha no one is dry within a ten foot radius of me!. πŸ˜‰ the paper towel method just means I don’t have to cart around trash. But both have their uses! Thank you for popping in. I always love meeting new people. Thank you for the follow! I’ve been up to my eyeballs in projects! Day two of refinishing hardwood floors. Whew! Hope to see you again! Take care!!!! πŸ™‚ Koko

  7. I’ve just bought my very first plants, my Mum has given them a month to survive πŸ™‚ I washed out a large washing up liquid bottle to water them with because I didn’t have a proper watering can and I spray them with my hair mister with just plain water. I just hope the window position isn’t too hot for them, mind you I am in Glasgow!

    Don’t know any tips for seeds but I may need some off you if I kill these plants :0 he he.

    • It’s all in the timing and good soil. I find there are a handful of types of seed that grow without trying, while others takes some coaxing. All in good fun! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Thursday! πŸ™‚

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