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Hi,

I was cleaning out some drawers and I found a packet of tomato seeds
from 1991. Are they still viable?

If they are, is August a good time to start tomatoes in La Mesa, Ca?

Thank you for your time,

Karen R.

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Karen Rodgers wrote:

I was cleaning out some drawers and I found a packet of tomato seeds
from 1991. Are they still viable?


There's a decent chance, if you really want to keep that variety, and don't
have much to lose if they don't germinate.

I can't advise on Left Coast planting times, though.


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The seeds will probably be fine. Not clear on what zone you're in, but what
the heck. Plant them and go for it.
I remember reading an article about some USDA office that had seeds in a
drawer of a desk that had been there since the '40's. No refrigeration, no
nothing. The seeds were over 80% viable. Go for it!

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Hi,

I was cleaning out some drawers and I found a packet of tomato seeds
from 1991. Are they still viable?

If they are, is August a good time to start tomatoes in La Mesa, Ca?

Thank you for your time,

Karen R.



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Karen Rodgers wrote:
Hi,

I was cleaning out some drawers and I found a packet of tomato seeds
from 1991. Are they still viable?

If they are, is August a good time to start tomatoes in La Mesa, Ca?

Thank you for your time,

Karen R.



Tomato seeds are good for about 7 years. After that, they start to
degrade, but I'll bet a few of them are still OK. (just might not have
a lot of vigor)

August is a terrible time to start them. Wait until March. :-)

Bob


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