I took this corn seed that was not carefully stored. This was 2013 seed. I put 9 pieces. I should have done 10. 5 sprouted and 4 molded. So If I had 1 more seed to not germinate I could have just said this was 50% But this way I would have to do math for 5 out of 9. LOL.
I also have to consider the quality of corn this will produce. So I will plant these 5 and see if they will survive and produce quality corn.
As it is already in Missouri, a bad year for corn at my place.I planted this area in April, one the 20 tall. plants that are stunted. 2-3 foot tall are growing. In may I replanted the back half with the rest of the 1/4 pound of this years seed. I will count the plants soon. But not a good amount. The front was planted with Amish popcorn, closer to June. There is a better rate of growth for them. But I do not know if it was bad seed. Grubs, moles or birds stole the seed. Or Juglone from the Walnut tree. This is all an experiment in growing in adverse conditions.
I will soon test out some old bean seeds from 2013.
But I know if they were properly stored they would be viable. But these were left to hot and cold conditions.
|Brussels sprouts||4 years|
|Corn (sweet)||2 years|
|Oriental greens||3 years|
|Squash (summer and winter)||4 years|
|Herbs and Flowers||Shelf Life|
|Annual flowers||1 to 3 years|
|Perennial flowers||2 to 4 years|
Read more at http://www.gardenbetty.com/2015/03/how-long-do-seeds-really-last-plus-a-cheat-sheet-on-seed-storage-life/#iYx3q4trk7UzgUlf.99