Seed How do you store your seeds?


Veteran Member
Just a general question for the gardeners here, How Do You Store Your Seeds?

I have a large collection of seeds. Some I purchase, some very old heirlooms that orginated at least with my Grand Mother and Father that I propagate and seed save, and some that were gifts from friends.

For many years I stored my "On Hand" seeds in cigar boxes, shoe boxes, what ever I could reuse. But this year I switched from the old cigar boxes stored in a large cardboard box, to these handy dandy organizers.


The organizer came from amazon- $13.77 each ArtBin 6925AA Semi Satchel with Removable Dividers, Portable Art & Craft Organizer with Handle, [1] Plastic Storage Case, Clear with Aqua Accents

Have the general one shown in the picture and also have separate ones for Corn and for beans.

The top is hinged and closes AND LOCKS. It is clear and are easy to grab from my closet shelve (controlled temperature and humidity) to take out and use to plant starts in pots or to direct seed into garden areas.

What do you use?


Contributing Member
Purchased seed stays in its package; if necessary, I write the date I received it on the package. (Not all seed packages have date info on them.) Harvested seed goes into paper coin envelopes, properly labeled ("harvested xxxx" year, and what it is (ex: "'Stupice' tomato" or "unnamed red mini-bibb lettuce"), and genus/species name if confusion is possible (as with arugula, which can be either Erica vesicaria or Diplotaxis tenuifolia)).

I have enough seeds that all of them are then sorted by type (tomato, pepper, lettuce, other greens, cool weather (beets, radish, etc.) and so on) into quart size Ziploc bags, which are labeled by type but left unzipped. These bags are then placed into a plastic bin (not closed), which is then placed into my "lab fridge", which is a wine cooler we bought because DH was tired of me storing seeds and pollen (I hybridize daylilies for a hobby) in the food fridge. I keep the temperature on the cooler set very close to freezing, 34-35 F.