Freezing Seeds Is Stupid
By Big John Lipscomb
I've been wanting to share this
for a while...
I am asked about freezing seeds and
storing seeds more than any other
issues when it comes to gardening.
It is rather amusing how something
as idiotic as freezing seeds in
order to store them can become so
common on the internet. Let me
explain it so even a child can
Everything made of natural fibers
like the wooden chair you sit in or
the heirloom seeds you buy from us
has moisture content in them. They
absorb and expel the moisture from
the humidity in the air. As the
humidity changes, the moisture
percentage inside the seed changes.
Now, most cellulose and natural
fibrous things range from 15% to
30% moisture. Ask yourself this,
what happens to water when it
freezes? It expands. That's why
people die when they freeze. At a
cellular level, the ice crystals
expand and rip the human and
vegetable seed cells apart.
Seeds are alive. To add another
obvious example. You plant grass
seed for your lawn in the Spring or
Summer and not the Winter because of
the same reason. If you tossed out
grass seed on your lawn in Nebraska
in Late December, by May you will
not have grass from it because of
the same reason.
Vegetable seeds have been found at
archeology sites that date back
1,000 to 10,000 years ago and they
have been able to plant and harvest
the plants. How is this possible?
The seed was kept in a dark and dry
cave. Dark and dry is the opposite
of what seeds need to sprout-
moisture and light. A matter of
fact, most ancient seeds are found
in the desert caves. Deserts are the
opposite of your freezer.