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20-40 year old seeds

UrpleMoss
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I was just gifted a jar full to the brim of seeds that vary in age from 20 to almost 40? years old. I guess this is going to turn into the great strain quest for me.

Do folks in general think there’s a chance I will find some gems out of these?

Will they even germinate after so long?

The story of how I came to get these is a marvelous. but will have to be saved for another time

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UrpleMoss
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I’m wondering about the germ. rate myself. Just dropped about 10 in a wet paper towel.

I certainly wouldn’t dedicate a whole grow to the unknown seeds, but growing a few in a “time capsule” strain hunt seems fun to me.

eightgage
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HalfSackZach
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I just popped some 6 year old seeds about 3 weeks ago. I went 3/4 but then ended up pulling one that was growing slow. so 2/4.

these were kept in a freezer though and i think that definitely helps. the strain is Danny Boy. supposed to have some durban in it i think

MacGuyver4.2.0
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20-40 years old? Wow. now that’s finding long lost treasure. You can resurrect some strains that probably no longer exist! The problem with a jar full- It will take you years to even test them all, and even if you did lots at once, you could have far too many plants on your hands than you’d like.

This begs the question however- Has anyone here EVER popped seeds older than that? Ever?

Tillyo
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rollitup
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A couple of years ago I found a little vial that I put some seeds in back in ’74, so they were about 35 years old. They were from “a really good bag,” which is the only thing we used to grow in the 70’s and the 80’s. So I tried to germinate them, there were about 20 seeds, and none popped.

Good luck with yours!

northstar22
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growone
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UrpleMoss
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Well , I put 15 in a paper towel a week ago and none from that group cracked. I will keep trying for sure. I do not think they were stored with care though, they were in ana attic.

I agree on the comment that it could take years to try them all. I joked that it was a lifetime supply of seeds.

These were collected over a long period by an herb purveyor in North Portland Oregon. We are hoping he would have only kept seeds from the best.

UrpleMoss
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Anyone out there have thoughts on how to increase the liklihood of germintating them?

jujubee
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I am also trying to bring back some of my old seeds.

I can get some of them to germinate, but the first set of true leaves never comes. I may try a pre-soak.

I was just gifted a jar full to the brim of seeds that vary in age from 20 to almost 40? years old. I guess this is going to turn into the great strain…