Mar 02 , 2023

How long do seeds last?

How long do seeds last?


Heaven's Harvest: The Experts in Long-Term Seed Storage

The time may come where we need to be able to provide a more sustainable lifestyle for ourselves. When it comes to being prepared, having a supply of seeds on hand is essential. However, storing seeds properly can be challenging. Seeds are sensitive to moisture, light, and temperature changes, which can significantly reduce their viability over time. At Heaven's Harvest, we understand the importance of having high-quality seeds that can last for many years, which is why we specialize in long-term seed storage done right. In this article, we'll answer the question, "How long do seeds last?" and explain the advantages of Heaven's Harvest Heirloom Seed Kits.


How Long Do Seeds Last?

The lifespan of seeds can vary depending on the type of seed and how it is stored. In general, seeds can last anywhere from one to ten years or more. However, certain factors can affect their longevity, including:

  • Humidity: High humidity can cause seeds to rot or sprout prematurely.

  • Temperature: Seeds stored at high temperatures can lose viability quickly.

  • Light: Exposure to light can cause seeds to deteriorate and lose their ability to germinate.

  • Oxygen: Some seeds can absorb oxygen, which can accelerate their deterioration.

Our Heirloom Vegetable Seed Kit includes 39 varieties of hand-selected, non-hybrid, non-gmo, open-pollinated vegetable seeds. Most vegetables you purchase in the grocery store are "Hybrid" seeds (vegetables), meaning they have been genetically-modified in order to produce the best looking item for display. This is a problem if you try to save the seeds of this produce - why? - Take a Green Pepper for example: the pepper has been modified in a lab to produce a bright green skin, and crisp fruit and so two vegetables have been "crossed" to produce this handsome Green Pepper. The seeds of this fella may grow a green pepper or whichever item it was crossed with!


On the contrary, heirlooms are seeds which have been passed down, or grown from the original fruit, for 75+ years. They are truly heirlooms - with delicious flavor and a hardy nature. The Heirloom varieties selected in our kits will prosper in all zones (with proper TLC of course). The majority of these seeds have a 10-year shelf life when stored properly in a cool, dark, dry location. If you're still developing your green thumb, we recommend the All New: Square Foot Gardening Book - great tips and ideas for the novice gardener or those who have limited gardening space.


Advantages of Heaven's Harvest Heirloom Seeds

  • High-Quality Heirloom Seeds: Heaven's Harvest provides open-pollinated, non-gmo, non-hybrid seeds for people planning for adverse conditions or uncertain times . All seeds are safely grown in the USA. Our seed kit will extend your families survival by providing a continuous food supply after your stock of freeze-dried food runs out.

  • Long-Term Viability: All varieties are individually packaged and sealed in Mylar foil, waterproof, lightproof, rodent-proof bags. The Heirloom Seed Kit can be stored away easily with other Heaven's Harvest kits to create the ultimate seed bank storage cache.

  • Convenience: Our seeds are packaged in resealable bags. Once opened the seeds are easily accessible when needed.

  • Expert Advice: We offer a wealth of information and advice on our website to help you choose the right seeds for your needs and make the most of your seed storage. Don’t hesitate to give us a call and talk with one of our passionate seed experts.

  • Related Products: In addition to our long-term seed storage options, we also offer a variety of emergency food survival kits and other emergency survival products. You can find all of the supplies you need to get started on your journey at Heaven's Harvest.


To wrap it all up, the lifespan of seeds can vary depending on various factors. If you’re not a green-thumb, put down the seed catalogue and visit Heaven's Harvest for quality seeds and all the garden-staple varieties. We specialize in long-term seed storage done right, providing you with high-quality heirloom seeds kits that meet your gardening and survival needs. With our expert advice and wide variety of related products, we're here to help you get started on your seed storage adventure.