If you found yourself with extra seed at the end of the season, or if you have purchased seed ahead of time to be ready for planting, don't worry! It's easy to store seeds, and maintain a high germination rate.
Storing seed for next season is extremely easy and effective:
Simply place the seed in a ziploc bag or tupperware, making sure to label it clearly.
Store in a room-temperature area. A dark closet or room is the perfect storage area- just make sure that the seed is not exposed to moisture or extreme temperatures.
Seed will keep like this for months and maintain a high germination rate.
Did you know?
All of the seed at American Meadows is lab tested to ensure the highest purity and germination rates possible. When storing your seed for the winter (or even for the year), you may lose a few percentage points of the germination rate, but you’ll still have high quality seed that will thrive in your garden.
A lab test for our Cosmos Sensation Mix - 96% Germination Rate & 99.64% Pure Seed
Is This Seed Still Good?
If you’ve been storing Wildflower Seed for a long time and aren’t sure if it’s still good, conduct your own germination test to find out. It’s easy!
Choose ten seeds at random.
Dampen a paper towel.
Place the seeds on top of the damp paper towel.
Place the paper towel/seeds in a dark, warm place.
Wait 10-14 days.
Check every few days until you see sprouts.
The number of seeds that have sprouted tells you the germination rate. For example, if 6/10 seeds sprout, you have a 60% germination rate.
What’s a good germination rate?
The standard here at American Meadows is 75% germination rate, with most of our seed coming in higher than that. Anything above 60-70% will produce great results in your garden or meadow.
Our new Wet Area Wildflower Seed Mix is the perfect mix of colorful wildflowers and textural grasses for wet soil. A dozen perennial wildflowers, including favorites such as Aster, Milkweed, Liatris, Helenium, Joe Pye Weed, and more will provide flowers all season long to attract butterflies and other pollinators. These wildflowers are complemented by a range of perennial grasses that provide lush green foliage and interesting textures from small flowers and seed heads. While most wildflowers do best with well-draining soil, our Wet Area Mix is specially formulated to succeed in meadows or gardens near water features and streams. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
‘Under The Sea’ Zinnia Mix includes three colors that will remind you of the tropics! Nectar-rich berry purple, white sand, and coral pink flowers blooms all summer. Long-blooming flowers have rich colors and will attract butterflies and pollinators. Plant these easy-to-grow and deer resistant seeds in full sun – make sure to plant enough for cut flower bouquets! Annual. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
‘South of the Border’ Zinnia Mix is a bright, bold mix of yellow, red, and bicolor flowers. As the name hints, these flowers originated in warm, sunny Mexico, and are native to the Southwestern US as well. Count on Zinnias to attract butterflies and beneficial pollinators from summer right up until frost and provide plenty of excellent cut flowers. Zinnias are easy to grow and deer resistant. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual.
‘Fruity Beauty’ Zinnia Mix includes three candy-colored Zinnia varieties. Saturated coral, yellow, and orange flowers provide instant cheer with ruffled blooms all summer! Long-blooming annual flowers are nectar rich,and will attract plenty of pollinators. Zinnias are easy to grow, deer resistant, and will make beautiful, bright cut flowers. Annual. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.