If you are storing vegetable seeds as part of your prepping plans, you need to know how long you can save the seeds for and expect them still to be viable. The last thing you want is for there to be an emergency situation where you are relying on being able to grow your own food, but the seeds won’t sprout because they are too old.
Some vegetable seeds have a longer lifespan than others when it comes to storing them. Here are some types of vegetable seeds that can be saved the longest:
- Beans – beans can be stored for up to five years.
- Beetroot – beetroot seeds can last for up to four years .
- Broccoli – broccoli seeds can last for up to four years.
- Carrots – carrot seeds can last for up to three years.
- Cucumber – cucumber seeds can last for up to five years.
- Eggplant – eggplant seeds can last for up to four years.
- Peas – pea seeds can last for up to five years.
- Radish – radish seeds can last for up to five years.
- Squash – squash seeds can last for up to four years.
- Tomato – tomato seeds can last for up to four years.
- Lettice – lettuce seeds will last up to five years.
It’s important to note that the longevity of vegetable seeds can vary based on how they are stored, as well as the specific variety of the vegetable. To ensure the longest lifespan for your vegetable seeds, store them in a cool, dry place in an airtight container such as a glass jar or a resealable plastic bag. It’s also a good idea to label the container with the date and the type of seed, so you can keep track of how long they have been stored.
Also, try to use heirloom seed varieties whenever possible. They can be more expensive to purchase and sometimes harder to find, but they will allow you to save seeds from the grown plant for growing the following year. Hybrid seeds can only be used once, so you cannot have a yearly seed cycle.
That said, if you can’t afford heirloom seeds, you can store hybrid seeds instead. But just be aware that what you grow cannot produce seeds that will be usable for the next season.