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Bunny ...
Clearing greenhouse around a bit I had a tub with few packs of seeds dahlia, cosmos which had fell off and disappeared under plants overwintering... Will they be ok to use ?
nutcutlet

Nothing to lose, sow them and see.

Bunny, only one way to find out, make up some trays and broadcast the seed on them see what you get.
Budget seeds are usually old seeds shops and GC's want to get rid of so do we know how old our seed really is?
We are told that seeds stored for many years will germinate given the proper treatment so go for it, what is there to lose?

Frank.

Bunny ...
I bought them from large GC last year .... I shall try them and see, as you say nothing to lose.
hollie hock

Definately give them a go bunny, I'm sure they will be fine and you'll get some plants out of them

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Green Magpie

One way to test germination (and thus avoid wasting time and garden space if they turn out to be too old) is to try putting a few seeds on some damp kitchen paper. Cover with another sheet of damp paper and put them somewhere warmish and darkish. Keep them damp, check them every few days and if they show any sign of little roots or shoots, you know you've got viable seeds.

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