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Seed Storage Containers – Learn About Storing Seeds In Containers

Storing seeds in containers allows you to keep seeds safely organized until you’re ready to plant them in spring. The key to storing seeds is to ensure conditions are cool and dry. Selecting the best containers for seed saving can make the difference between failure and success.

Seed Storage Containers

Chances are you already have plenty of containers in your kitchen, bathroom, or garage; most are easily turned into containers for seed saving. The following are some tips to help:

Paper containers for seeds

Paper is great for storing seeds, especially if you aren’t sure your seeds are completely dry. Paper is beneficial because it provides ample air circulation and is easy to label. You can store paper seed containers in larger containers such as plastic storage bins, wicker baskets, large glass jars, filing boxes, or recipe boxes.

Keep in mind that paper containers for seed saving are best for short-term storage because moisture in the air can eventually ruin the seeds. Ideas include:

  • Regular paper mailing envelopes
  • Paper coin envelopes
  • Paper sandwich bags
  • Manilla envelopes
  • Newspaper, folded and taped into envelopes

Plastic containers for seeds

Airtight plastic containers are convenient for seed storage, but only if the seeds are completely dry. Moisture is the enemy when it comes to storing seeds in containers, as the seeds are likely to mold and rot.

If you aren’t sure the seeds are dry, spread them out on a or tray, cookie sheet, or paper plate and let them dry for a few days in a cool, protected area where they won’t be exposed to any breezes. Plastic containers for seeds may include:

  • Plastic film canisters
  • Pill bottles
  • Medicine storage containers
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Condiment containers that come with take-out food

Glass containers for seeds

Storing seeds in containers made of glass works well because you can easily see the seeds stored inside. Just like plastic storage containers though, the seeds must be completely dry. Ideas for glass seed storage containers include:

  • Baby food containers
  • Canning jars
  • Spice jars
  • Mayonnaise jars

Silica gel or other types of drying agents can help keep seeds dry in paper, plastic, or glass seed storage containers. Purchase fresh desiccants, or if you don’t need a large amount, just save the small packets that often come with new products such as vitamins or new shoes.

If you don’t have access to a desiccant, you can create something similar by placing a small amount of white rice on a paper napkin. Form the napkin into a packet and secure it with a rubber band. The rice will absorb moisture in the container.

Storing seeds in containers allows you to keep them safely organized until they are ready to be planted in spring. What makes good seed storage containers? Chances are you probably have several of these already lying around the house somewhere. Click here to learn more.

Save Recycled Containers For Starting Spring Seeds

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We’re going to focus on two things here. The first one is saving money on a required gardening practice – seed starting. The second one is ignoring the fact that we’re heading straight for deep winter and instead, thinking about spring. We’re going to deny that we have have months on end of cold weather and sleeping plants.

We’ll refuse to acknowledge that by the time the robins drag in the spring, we’ve literally been starved of fluffy soil, seed planting, and garden nurturing. Is it any wonder that by the time spring comes, we gardeners are ready to whip out the wallet and purchase whatever it takes to get our vegetable seedlings going?

Stop doing that. Getting those baby seedlings going is the shortest part of the growing cycle – spend accordingly! Save your money for super important things like more tomato seed varieties, a mulching mower, or Felco pruners.

You can start right now by making a little space on a garage shelf or hidden box and begin saving little containers for seed starting. I promise you’ll collect more recycled items that you can believe and it’s really weird not to spend any money this spring on new plastic seed cells or pots. And by “weird” I mean awesome in a justified-other-garden-purchases sort of way.

Seeds will also appreciate a little babying while they germinate by giving them some humidity. If you don’t have a plastic lid, you can make-shift a cover out of plastic baggies and bamboo sticks or chopsticks to hold it in place over the container(s).

Seed container ideas:

  • yogurt cups
  • toilet paper (cut in half) or paper towel rolls (cut like 4 times)
  • sour cream containers
  • cottage cheese containers
  • egg cartons – and their lids (even half-egg shells for that matter)
  • Plastic milk or juice containers (cut the top off and use the bottom – the top you could use as a cloche)
  • Paper, plastic, or Styrofoam cups
  • Salad or sandwich plastic deli trays (built in lid!)
  • Those tiny, snack-sized Ben & Jerry ice cream containers

You get the idea. Be sure you wash the containers out thoroughly and don’t forget your drainage holes.

For links to articles, blog posts, and videos on starting vegetable and flower seeds, see All About Starting Seeds.

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