- Jan 17, 2021
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- Ontario, Canada
Why only lightly turned @flowerbug , and not tightly turned? Does it help with the beans' viability over the longer term? I read years ago in a seed saving book, written by a man who grew tons of seed, that beans like ' a bit of air moving over them' while in storage. I hadn't heard that before, and always wondered about his recommendation. Given that I keep my seeds in my basement in jars, I was tempted a few times to go around loosening lid tops, but never could bring myself to do it. I don't think the humidity is high down there, but I'm sure it does fluctuate season to season and I was concerned about that. I really do wonder though, aside from freezing seeds in the right freezer, what the best way is to keep them.as a future tip, leave the lid on the jar lightly turned. also helps to keep random dust and bugs out if you don't store them upside down. bonus also prevents chips and cracks.
This past spring I decided to try and sprout a couple of pretty ancient beans from years ago. Truthfully, these beans pre-dated my seed saving, so I stored them poorly and in a container with no top, in both the upstairs, then basement of the house. I was sure this was the worst way could have kept them, exposed like that. But howdy, they all sprouted like a charm this spring. Those beans were probably 6-8 years old. Makes me wonder about that book.