About four or five years ago, after re-reading the Little House on the Prairie series for the umpteenth time I decided I was intrigued by these food stuffs she referred to as “ground cherries”. It was at about this time that my urge for increased domesticity and self-sufficiency kicked in (that Christmas was the first time I made jam for Christmas presents).
Upon doing some research I discovered that it was hard to find ground cherry seedlings to buy (though this may have changed since), but that I could source some seeds. Which I promptly did. I, just as promptly, failed to plant any of them. At the time I was living in an apartment/unit that had a small paved courtyard. I was also working two jobs and studying at university, so despite my need to garden it always got put on the back burner.
Three years ago when we moved into this house, the seeds came along for the ride and promptly got popped into the garden shed. And just as promptly forgotten about. I unearthed them two days ago when on a hunt for a tape measure (I never did find the tape measure).
They’ve been in the same sealed plastic packets they arrived in(so presumably no moisture snuck in), but they have been subjected to the crazy weather extremes (40 degree days during Summer and 5 degree nights during Winter) that happen around here.
But it gets me wondering, how long do seeds last for? Is it worth trying to grow some – or is it too late in the season? I’d love some advice or suggestions…otherwise I may succumb to temptation and try planting them anyway…
Have you ever tried growing seeds after a long delay? Or bought something and then forgotten all about using it?