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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 4:00 pm    Post subject: Grass seed - best before date? Reply with quote

Hi,
I have 2 large bags of grass seed which states the bags were closed on Jan 2005. Is this seed still good to sow?
The seed was bought last year.

Thanks.

Crea

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Crea.
I would feel that the seed would have a greatly lowered germination rate after 16-17 months.
The seeds germination rate is the percentage of seed expected to grow and produce grass. The higher the germination rate, the more seeds that will produce grass plants.
The germination rates on fresh seed is around 80%,.
Grass seed that is 10 or more months past its test / closure date will have usually have a poor germination rate.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crea, you would have had to keep the seed very dry and cool over the 16 or 17 months to prevent a drop in germination rates. Also you cannot be sure that the garden centre you bought it from did the same.
I would buy some fresh extra seed, mix the old and new together and sow heavily.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks folks. Just the type of info I needed.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sound advice there Verge and GPI , Laughing Crea don't forget to sow some for the birds .
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2006 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
Germination seems to be really good. Mixed with some new seed and the garden looks positively green.
I'm happy, birds are happy. I had a hen pheasant and 3 chicks in the garden this week - i'm a city girl moved to the country - I nearly passed out with happiness.
My dad thinks I should buy a gun in case they come back Evil or Very Mad

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2006 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crea wrote:
Hi,
Germination seems to be really good. Mixed with some new seed and the garden looks positively green.
I'm happy, birds are happy. I had a hen pheasant and 3 chicks in the garden this week - i'm a city girl moved to the country - I nearly passed out with happiness.
My dad thinks I should buy a gun in case they come back Evil or Very Mad


Laughing A nice burgundy wine goes with pheasant Laughing Mrs Bugs has some great recipes . 1st Nov is the start of the season and you cannot shoot hens

Good to hear the grass seed is up, weather conditions are perfect at the moment
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