If you are storing seeds for longer than a growing season, especially if the seeds are part of your prep supplies, how you store them can make a huge difference. And one of those ways that many preppers don’t think of is storing their seeds in the freezer.
In some cases, it can be beneficial to store seeds in the freezer, but it depends on the type of seed and the specific circumstances. Here are some general guidelines for whether you should freeze seeds or not:
- Long-term storage: If you want to store seeds for a long time, such as several years or more, freezing can help to preserve them. This is because freezing slows down the natural degradation process that can occur over time, such as due to moisture, heat, or exposure to oxygen.
- Moisture-sensitive seeds: Some seeds are particularly sensitive to moisture and can easily be damaged or lose viability if exposed to high humidity or moisture. For these types of seeds, freezing can be a good option, as it can help to prevent moisture from getting in.
- Annual seeds: If you plan to use the seeds within a year or two, then storing them in a cool, dry place is usually sufficient. Freezing might not provide much additional benefit in this case, and could even be detrimental if moisture gets in during the thawing process.
It’s important to note that not all seeds can be stored in the freezer. Some seeds, such as those with high oil content, can go rancid if stored in the freezer for too long. Additionally, some seeds, such as those from tropical plants, may not tolerate freezing temperatures well. It’s best to research the specific seed type and recommended storage conditions before deciding whether or not to freeze them.