10 mistakes when buying seeds: many gardeners themselves put an end to the future harvest

Even experienced gardeners are periodically forced to seek help and use other people’s advice.

  • 1. Seeds in simple bags
  • 2. Economy and frugality
  • 3. Picture on the package
  • 4. Dragee seeds
  • 5. Climate and variety
  • 6. Buy where you can
  • 7. Buying in advance
  • 8. Hybrids
  • 9. Manufacturer information
  • 10. Production date

We will tell you how to avoid unplanned expenses, grow strong seedlings and reap a rich harvest. To do this, you just need to abandon the mistakes that they make when choosing and buying seeds.

1. Seeds in simple bags

Often summer residents are captivated by the picture on the packaging of seeds, while seeds of not the worst quality can be packaged to reduce the cost in ordinary paper envelopes.

2. Economy and frugality

However, in the pursuit of what is cheaper than the average market price, you can buy something that will not rise at all. Only a product whose price corresponds to the “golden mean” can justify investments.

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3. Picture on the package

Do not hope that you will grow exactly the same vegetables or berries. Marketers are not asleep and the drawn carrots will most likely be different from the one that grows in the garden. Before buying, you need to study reviews about the seed manufacturer and stores that sell such products.

4. Dragee seeds

This is the latest development, designed to facilitate the work of gardeners. But gardeners, like hundreds of years ago, are shy of progress and make life difficult for themselves.

5. Climate and variety

In addition to the variety, there is the concept of “climatic feature”. You need to choose what breeders have bred for growing in the conditions of the north or south. But don’t expect “northern” seeds to produce amazing results in the south.

6. Buy where you can

Marketers know what percentage of purchases are made spontaneously, and use it. Therefore, having spotted a woman with seeds in the passage or in the market, do not rush to get your wallet, but think about the conditions under which she stored the seeds and whether you need them right now.

7. Buying in advance

Not the best option. If nothing happens to the reserves of salt, matches and soap, then the seeds have a shelf life, which affects germination. It is not a fact that, having lain for a year or two at the bottom of the box, they will hatch at all.

8. Hybrids

Seeds with the F1 sign are hybrids, not GMOs, as many believe. They grow quite normal vegetables. But using seeds from grown vegetables is useless. They no longer carry parental genes and will turn out to be unsightly.

9. Manufacturer information

After looking at the picture, many grab the seeds without reading what the manufacturer indicated on the back. But there is just the most important thing and, perhaps, it is written that in your case it is better not to buy this variety.

10. Production date

Data on the expiration date, date of production and other information about the timing is applied to the bags by imprinting a date stamp. The ink must be of the same color, the numbers of the same size. If you notice a difference – put it aside, most likely it is an expired product.

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