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Yes, You Can Order Seeds in the Dead of Winter!

 

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Seeds can better support the cold than you can! Source: www.okclipart.com.

Don’t worry that the seeds you ordered by mail will freeze when they are shipped, even if they travel in freezing temperatures. With the exception of a very small group of tropical plants with seeds that are never truly dormant (and whose seeds are rarely offered by seed companies anyway), seeds are totally indifferent to the cold as long as they are kept dry.

In various experiments, seeds were sent on trips of several months to over a year into space at temperatures close to absolute zero (−460° F/-273° C)… and they germinated normally after they were sown back on Earth!

Therefore, although you may freeze your little toesies getting out to the mailbox at subzero temperatures, the seeds it contains won’t be bothered in the least!

 

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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