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Old 1 Week Ago   #1
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Default Lost Seed Trove Recovered!

Short version: this stash got rediscovered this week:


https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ls...d6oMgA9UCfsgcI

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1J2...poC4WcvwneloJz

1) Whose handwriting is this? If you are an old SETTFester, this might be you.
2) What are the chances of any viability remaining?
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I bet many will sprout if given a soak in a pinch of the blue stuff.
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I don't think will be difficult to germinate them unless they have been hot they should germinate pretty well. I actually like growing old seeds because they are closer to the original source and more likely to have been saved by somebody who cared if they were true to type and not the droves of outcrossed inexpertly saved seeds you are more likely to find nowadays outside of tomatoville.
Let us know how they do, I would also give them a soak, Personally I use dilute H2O2.
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Are they under 18 years old? You should be able to get some. The older they are, the more you should sow to get a seedling.
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In the pictures, the dates are from 2006 to 2010.

I've had much older tomatoes sprout without difficulty, and younger ones that didn't sprout at all. I think it's worth a try.

Anyway, don't throw them away, please! If you don't want them, I'm sure someone will.
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Stagger the sowings. I was sent a packet of old seed from this era and all germinated. I only wanted one plant and twenty germinated. I had not anticipated such a bounty of good fortune
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Worth1 What is the "blue stuff?"
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Worth1 What is the "blue stuff?"


Miracle Grow or any other water soluble all purpose plant food.
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Miracle Grow or any other water soluble all purpose plant food.
I believe it's the copper in the fertilizer that makes it blue, too. Probably copper sulfate. Some fertilizer is red (and I think that's from copper, too).
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There have been quite a few threads discussing this issue. Appears extra moisture is helpful, too much moisture can be harmful (fungus/mold problems), and weak levels of potassium Nitrate are useful. Blue stuff is a reference to Miracle Gro, or similar general purpose fertilizers.

http://www.tomatoville.com/showpost....36&postcount=2

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For me old seeds that look (starchy) like uncooked spaghetti never germinate.
Now I can tell just by looking at the seeds if they are going to pop or not.
That is using H2O2 as an oxidizer.
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I cAn rEad The wrItIng oN tHe LAbelS, sO I kNOw tHey'Re noT mINe.
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