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Old August 8, 2015   #1
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I'm doing a fertility test on seeds I saved from Gialla Nostrale. My seed starting tray has 12 cells, so I used 6 of them for the test.
This left half the cells empty, and we can't have that

So I did some research on how many years squash can remain viable, and as usual the Internet provided conflicting info. I read at one site that tomato seeds are only viable for three years tell that to the ones I'm growing from 2003.

I'm thinking that squash seeds saved in a dry place in your home should be viable for at least 4 years? I have some in an unopened pack from 2009 that I got from Worth. They are Zapallo hybrid. I just planted 6 of them. I have them inside under a florescent light. The temperature is around 74F.

I have two questions:

Do any of you know how long squash seeds generally remain viable?

What is the best germination ground temperatures for Summer squash?
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I don't know the answer to your question but I would like to know where you purchased your Gialla Nostrale seeds. They seem to be rare!
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If I am not mistaken I sprouted some this year that were maybe 6 years old.'
now the plants died but it wasn't the seeds fault it was slugs.
Can you do me a favor and try to sprout some of the okra seeds they are very old.
Just keep them moist in the house and see if they sprout.
You have a ton of them.
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Akgardengirl, I got them from a friend here at Tomatoville. He sent me 3 seeds and all three grew and produced 3 squash through our bad weather. I have seeds drying now. Yes, they are rare and very hard to find. I'll do my best to change that. If you would like, I can mail you some when they are finished drying.


Worth, I will try several different okra varieties. I will get them started in the morning. I can start as many things as you would like.
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Thank you Robert. I am having a very good squash year myself. Anchorage has had 3 good summers in a row. Matter of fact, I have never paid too much attention to all the tomato diseases everyone has in the lower 48 but I seem to have some myself this year due to the hotter summers. Oh well, I 'll have to take the good with the bad.
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Akgardengirl, I got them from a friend here at Tomatoville. He sent me 3 seeds and all three grew and produced 3 squash through our bad weather. I have seeds drying now. Yes, they are rare and very hard to find. I'll do my best to change that. If you would like, I can mail you some when they are finished drying.


Worth, I will try several different okra varieties. I will get them started in the morning. I can start as many things as you would like.
It is just to see if they sprout not to grow out.

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