Storing seeds often raises questions by preppers who have not been longtime gardeners with seed storing experience. And vacuum sealing dry goods is a great way to store food so it doesn’t go bad. But can you give your seed prep the same treatment?
Vacuum sealing seeds can be a good option for long-term storage, as it can help to prevent moisture, air, and pests from getting into the storage container. Vacuum sealing removes the air from the container, which reduces the risk of oxygen exposure and helps to slow down the natural degradation process that can occur over time.
However, it’s important to note that vacuum sealing can also have some downsides. For example, if the seeds are not fully dry before vacuum sealing, the seeds can turn moldy or rotten due to the trapped moisture . This can be detrimental to the seeds’ viability and ability to germinate when you remove them from the sealed bag.
Additionally, some seeds, such as those with high oil content, can go rancid if stored in a vacuum-sealed container for too long. It’s important to research the specific seed type to find out of the specific seed and the variety have a high oil content and recommended storage conditions before deciding whether or not to vacuum seal them.
In summary, vacuum sealing seeds can be a good option for long-term storage, but it’s important to ensure that the seeds are fully dry and that the specific seed type is suitable for this type of storage. It’s also a good idea to store vacuum-sealed seeds in a cool, dry place to maximize their longevity.
If you are only storing seeds for a season, placing them in an airtight container in a cool, dark place is usually the easiest way to store your seeds.