This is another recycled article that should have gotten an update. Of these seed, only the hyacinth bean and blue dawn flower did not grow. They hyacinth bean likely grew, but then got pulled up as weeds.
Oldies but not likely goodies.
31,800 years or so ago, busy arctic squirrels of northeastern Siberia stored more campion seed than they could consume. Of a store of more than 600,000 such seed, which were found deep below permafrost, three immature seed contained viable embryos. These three embryos were extracted and grown into plants that bloomed and produced new seed as they would have 31,800 years ago.
A 2,000 year old date palm seed, which was found in the palace of Herod the Great on Masada in Israel, is the oldest known intact and mature seed to germinate. It was approximately 29,800 years younger than the miraculously viable embryos of the Siberian squirrel stashed campion seed, but is ridiculously older than the oldest of the old seed in my partly neglected collection. There is hope.
Some of the seed that I saved is not dated because, at the time, I…
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