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poppy seed viability?
    #3832425 - 02/25/05 12:28 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

how long do poppy seeds stay viable for?

are seeds i bought 2 years ago still likely to be viable?


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Re: poppy seed viability? [Re: eric_the_red]
    #3832555 - 02/25/05 01:05 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I'm checking that right now, I have to run out and will be back with an answer


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Re: poppy seed viability? [Re: eric_the_red]
    #3832640 - 02/25/05 01:27 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Prolly not as viable as they were 2 years ago but i'm sure at least some of them are still good.


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Re: poppy seed viability? [Re: Prisoner#1]
    #3832644 - 02/25/05 01:28 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

cool.

i've found a few references that say the seeds are viable for a "long time"
they don't say what their idea of a long time is though.

i also found one person saying that germination rate was near 100% after four years. that seems unlikely though.


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Re: poppy seed viability? [Re: eric_the_red]
    #3832659 - 02/25/05 01:32 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I just checked mine and so far it looks like there's nothing, it's only been a weeks and our weather has been every other day with rain.


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Re: poppy seed viability? [Re: eric_the_red]
    #3832694 - 02/25/05 01:38 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I am pretty sure after only two years, you should be fine. The germination rate probably won't be as good as if they were just dropped, but still very good. Poppy seeds have quite a high oil content, and can survive for "a long time." - do I know the exact amount of time? No, but right now, I am thinking you will be alright. I guess you could take some, do the paper towel germination method, and see if they sprout. You can't keep those, it would just be for a test.

I asked this question a little while ago, here is the thread - it may help you out:

https://www.shroomery.org/forums/showfla...rue#Post3380111

Scroll down to DeQuincy's post (I wonder what happened to that guy?):

?Poppy seeds will keep long, very long.

It is the high oil content of the seeds that will keep them good. It acts as a anti freeze and conservative. They are typical plants of colonisation. Meaning they can stay dorment for many years in the ground. Than after an earthslide, quake or mortar explosion, anything that disturbs the ground, they will sprout up and colonise the disturbed spot.
May "weeds" use this mechanism.

Anyway this is what coloured the fields of Flanders red with poppies. Orther type of poppies though, but it works the same for somniferums.
I know poppy seeds will keep at least for five years. And maybe even decades, but I don't know that one for sure...?


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Re: poppy seed viability? [Re: theocean06]
    #3832705 - 02/25/05 01:39 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I've had poppy seed in the fridge for 10 years that still sprouted. 2 years should not be a problem unless they were in the heat or moisture.


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Re: poppy seed viability? [Re: Stonehenge]
    #3833014 - 02/25/05 02:32 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

they have been kept inside a cedar cigar box. from what everyone says, looks like they are still good to go.

thanks guys.


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Re: poppy seed viability? [Re: eric_the_red]
    #3833166 - 02/25/05 03:03 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

on a similar note, lotus seeds have been found to be viable after 500 years


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