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How to Store Tropical Seeds

You tasted the most delicious tropical fruit while on vacation, and now you want to grow your own plant so you can enjoy the fruit at your leisure. Whether you purchase a packet of tropical seeds or collect your own seeds from exotic fruits, follow these steps to store your seeds for future use.

Clean

The first step you should take after spitting the fruit seed out is to clean it and remove any fruit pulp. Some pulp may be challenging to remove, but do the best you can without damaging the seed itself.

Dry

A dry seed has less chemical activity than a wet seed, which means that it is less likely to be attacked by fungus. In order to keep the seed dry, place it in an airtight container in a cool, dry area. Make sure the seed is completely dry before storing it away.

Package

All seeds should be packaged in small envelopes or canning jars that can be sealed tightly. Consider labeling the seeds by placing a piece of paper inside the jar rather than outside where the label can be damaged or removed easily.

Store

For shorter-term storage, the dry seed should be placed in a cool, dry area.  A cellar or basement are two good choices for short-term storage. Keep in mind that tropical seeds cannot be subjected to very cold temperatures. This can confuse many gardeners because regular seeds can be stored in freezers for the long term, but if tropical seeds are placed in freezers, they will die.

Read Instructions

Not all tropical seeds have the same storage needs, so it is important to read any instructions that come with your seeds when you purchase them.

Even amateur growers can successfully store tropical seeds if they follow these steps. Keep in mind that tropical seeds are more delicate and sensitive than hardier seeds and must be handled with greater care.