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February 11, 2013
Video: Do Your Seeds Pass Muster?
You hate to be wasteful. But you didn't need all the zinnia seeds you purchased last year, so you saved them. Now you're wondering if you can use the leftovers this year.

Will they germinate? Here's a quick test from garden writer Willi Galloway to find out. You might recognize it from grade school science class! It's incredibly easy to execute. All you need is a paper towel and a resealable plastic bag.

Chances are good that your seeds are still viable because many types will last from two to five years, and sometimes even longer, provided they're stored properly. Purdue University Extension suggests an easy storage method using a tightly sealed jar placed in your refrigerator.

Do your saved seeds pass the test?

watch   the video to find out how to test whether your seeds can still be used.
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