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Can Cannabis Seeds Go Out of Date?

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Can Cannabis Seeds Go Out of Date?

Yes, cannabis seeds can expire and go out of date. It’s not an easy question to answer, and there are a lot of variables that will factor into how long cannabis seeds last for. If you’ve been sitting on some old cannabis seeds and you’re wondering how long they’ll be good for then this guide will answer all of your questions.

Germinating a seed only takes around two days, so the best way to find out is to try germinating it (check your countries laws as this is illegal in some places). But if that is not an option then we can give you some rough guidelines on how long you can store cannabis seeds along with some top tips to ensure longevity.

How long do cannabis seeds last before they go bad

Cannabis seeds have an average life span of one to two years, but the life span can be greatly increased when you store cannabis seeds correctly. The life span of seeds can also be greatly reduced if stored incorrectly, so it is important to learn all about storage.

The viability of a seed will greatly reduce as they age, so it is always best to buy fresh ones rather than attempting to store them for the future.

Let’s take a look below and investigate some of the factors which will influence how long they last, such as storage conditions and how you look after them.

How much longer will cannabis seeds last with the best storage solution?

If you store your seeds correctly then they could last a good five years, some have claimed to of germinated seeds that have been stored for over 10 years; so they are always worth checking out before you dispose of them. The best storage solution for a seed is placing them in a freezer, you can learn more about that here.

At Sticky Seeds we store all of our seeds in optimum conditions to ensure longevity. This is often overlooked by customers seeking to use a random shop and not something many people think about asking the company before buying.

Will cracked seeds still germinate if planted?

If you have cracked seeds, there’s a good chance that they’re not going to germinate. Once the outer shell of the seed has been cracked or broken, the genetic information or material inside the seed is compromised. If you already had the seeds, then it might be worth an experiment to see if they germinate, but if you’re relying on them germinating, it would be best to throw them away and buy cannabis seeds fresh from a shop, such as ours!

Cannabis seeds are quite hardy and can withstand long amounts of time in storage if you take the appropriate steps to protect them.


So there you go! If you follow the correct storage methods, your cannabis seeds could last anywhere from one to five years! However, most experts recommend that to get maximum germination from your cannabis seeds, you plant them as soon as possible (but only if you are lucky enough to live in a country where this is legal). If you have any questions about storing your cannabis seeds then drop us a message!

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