Bill Carter, Washington

Storing seeds – so they can be kept separated

May 16, 2013

Categories: Hybridizing, Seeds

Download PDF

It’s that time of year.  Collecting seed pods and trying to get them to dry a bit  so they do not mold and keep them separated from other crosses.  What do other breeders use?

I have used a box with dividers.  Okay to go out and collect the pods but once the seeds dry and roll around they are a pain to get out of the box.

I have used egg cartons.  They work but area a pain to get the loose seeds out without upsetting the whole carton.

I have used separate egg carton cups.  (Cut out each individual egg cup) and insert them into a whole egg carton.  Kind of a pain but works better than the above option.

My favorite is pill containers.  The Multiple cell ones.  My favorite holds a months worth of pills or 24 separate crosses.  The problem is I only have one and could use many more.  Picked mine up at Value Village.


Pin It

4 Responses to Storing seeds – so they can be kept separated

  1. Clay Higgins, New Jersey
    Clay Higgins, New Jersey
    May 16, 2013 at 3:38 pm


    I us a simple method.  I collect the seeds in a standard envelope where I write the cross on the front and the year. The paper envelope allows them to breath.  But I only keep them there a couple of weeks then I plant them.

    I used pill containers with holes drilled in them and they still succumbed to mold.



  2. Bob Spotts, California
    Bob Spotts, California
    May 16, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I see many mentions of moldy seeds. I have encountered that often in the past and have just planted the moldy seeds. They seem to have germinated fine.

  3. Stephen Vinisky, Oregon
    Stephen Vinisky, Oregon
    May 16, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Bill, I use #1 size coin envelopes (2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ or 5.7 x 8.9cm) which are available in most office supply stores. They are made from 28 lb. Kraft paper as are many of the larger mailing envelopes. They have a gummed flap. I write the cross number and parentage right on the envelope.


  4. Clay Higgins, New Jersey
    Clay Higgins, New Jersey
    May 17, 2013 at 4:50 am


    I have the opposite experience.  Moldy seeds do not germinate for me.