How long can okra seeds live?

Asked May 4, 2018, 4:08 PM EDT

How long can okra seeds live?

Texas

1 Response

The approximate life expectancy of okra seeds stored under favorable conditions is 2 years. Okra seeds are easily saved for next season

by leaving some of the last pods on the

plant until they get very large. Remove

them and allow them to dry. The seeds will

shell easily from the pods.

If you have seed from previous years, examine them. For example, if the seeds are normally round in shape, but now have divots and indentations, the seed may no longer be viable. If you are still unsure of the seed quality, a germination test can be done. Simply take twenty seeds of the vegetable variety. Moisten a paper towel and place the seeds on it. Roll up the towel and place it in a germination chamber at 70 to 80 degrees Farenheight. What? You don't have a germination chamber? A plastic bag with a label of the vegetable variety will work just fine for your purposes. Check the seeds after 2 or 3 days, then every day for a week or two. Divide the number of seeds germinated by the number of seeds tested. This will give you the germination percentage. If handled with care, germinated seeds may be planted in the garden if the danger of frost has past.

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