How Long Is Grass Seed Viable?

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Question: I just found a bag of grass seed I bought about 3 years ago. Is it still good?

Louise L.

Answer: Depending on the storage conditions, grass seed can remain viable from 1 to 7 years. It will last longest indoors under cool, dry conditions and much less in heat and humidity or in a tool shed where dramatic temperature swings occur.

Rather than waste time and effort sowing seeds that don’t come up, do a trial seeding first, easy to carry out indoors or out. 

Sow 10 seeds on moist soil. If 7 or more seeds come up, germination is still excellent and you can proceed according to the recommended application rate. If 4 to 6 seeds pop up, double the rate. If 3 or fewer seeds are germinate, it would probably be better to buy fresh seeds.

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One thought on “How Long Is Grass Seed Viable?

  1. Viability . . . . If only seed stayed viable for ever. There were so many seeds that I brought back from Oklahoma, but could not plant right away. I was impressed with what survived! Yucca arkansana seed apparently stays viable for many years! Grass and some annuals do not have that luxury.

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