Thursday, 26 April 2012

Incredible seeds...

With the -18°C temperatures last winter we lost all our Geranium plants despite sheltering them. It was a shame because most of them had been grown from a packet of unmarked seeds. See here.

This year to replenish our stock Elizabeth had two packets of Geranium seeds...  F² Sunlover Mixture, Suttons Quality guaranteed...


Geranium seeds are supposed to be difficult to grow but these, which we sowed a few of weeks ago, have germinated and today we transplanted the seedlings from the first packet into separate pots...


Nothing remarkable there then...  14 fine little Geranium plants...

Now take a look at the other side of the seed packet...


Yes the seeds were 10 years old!

The moral of the story don't throw out your old seeds... Especially ones marked 'Quality guaranteed'

2 comments:

The Broad said...

Well done! At home in the UK we managed to keep two large pots blooming all winter by simply moving them into the small vestibule between the inner and outer front doors. It really helped getting through the bleak winter.

Very good advice about not throwing away old seeds. Your seedlings look like you should have some fine plants come summer.

ladyjustine said...

That's amazing that they are ten years old! I've tried to get some old seeds to grow, but nothing's happening, even in the propagator. I do love my propagator though - the difference it makes in how many seeds germinate is phenomenal!