After you have gathered and cleaned
your Seeds, you will need to consider storing them until you sow them.
Experience has shown that an air-tight container in a cool dark place is
adequate. The conditions that make Seeds sprout are warmth and moisture,
so it is important that they be kept cool and dry unless you want a jar
full of Bean Sprouts.
You can store Seeds
in Mason jars with tight lids, or plastic Freezer Boxes or just about anything
that will keep out moisture. It is important to store Seeds that were dry
before you put them in containers. A Dehydrator or Oven that is set at
its lowest temperature will dry them. Or you can set them in a sunny window
for a few days.
I like to put mine in a Zippered
Sandwich Bag which takes up very little additional space and can be indexed
like file cards. They fit rather nicely in a plastic Shoe Box with a snap-on
lid, which gives a second layer of moisture-proofing. But most of all,
I can squeeze out the moisture-laden air. Try that with a glass jar.
sure to put the Label with the name and date
in each container along witha bag of Silica
Gel, which can be purchased from Craft Stores
or Mailing Stores. It is used to dry flowers and keep delicate items dry
Seeds are from a unique or odd Flower or Plant, then a Photograph of
the donor, Labeled with the same unique Seed Label name, will help
identify the Seeds in the future.
SilicaGel can be reused
by putting it in a Dehydrator or Oven
which will dry out any moisture it has absorbed.