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I absolutely love these containers for their organization and storage purposes. I found them on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Hipiwe-Embroidery-Accessory-Organizer-Container/dp/B07QGZZP2B/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Sunmall+30+Slot+Diamond+Painting+Storage+Case,Bead+Storage+Containers,Embroidery+Storage+Box,Art+Craft+Jewelry+Rhinestones+Organizer,Sewing+Pills+Container+Holder&qid=1581963890&sr=8-2&th=1

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You can fit three seed vials into this container. If you skipped the vial, each container could probably hold over 100 seeds.
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Throw in some rice.
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And into my dedicated dresser drawer they go.

They're also great for pollen storage. Again, packing a little rice in between the containers.
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They fit the pollen vials too. However with these, only one will fit per container.
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I throw in some desiccant packs for the pollen storage as well.
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Then the storage case goes into a large ziplock bag, and into the freezer it goes.
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Hey @Phylex , Quick question for you. Are you storing in the freezer vs. refrigerator because of the pollen? I do not store pollen but i do store some seeds in blacked out airtight container in the refrigerator. Do you think the freezer would be a better choice for seeds (long term) ?
 
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Hey @Phylex , Quick question for you. Are you storing in the freezer vs. refrigerator because of the pollen? I do not store pollen but i do store some seeds in blacked out airtight container in the refrigerator. Do you think the freezer would be a better choice for seeds (long term) ?
Yes, I only store the pollen in the freezer. I have a dedicated dresser for the seed storage cases. It's always cool and dark for them.

I couldn't give you a definitive answer on long term freezer storage for seeds. I just go with, Pollen = freezer, Seeds = refrigerator or cool/dark drawer. I chose the latter for the seeds. I never really dove to deep into that. I'm sure someone could answer that with some science behind whether seeds are safe to store long term in the freezer or not.
 
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I've read optimum is 40°. Thats pretty hard to maintain. They make little insulin fridges which would be perfect but they're too small. I would worry about condensation with normal fridge storage though. I suppose with the right containers....
 
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For long term seed storage I believe the freezer is the best. I'm pretty sure that's why the Global Seed Vault is in the Artic.

"The seeds are stored in sealed three-ply foil packages,[25] then placed into plastic tote containers on metal shelving racks. The storage rooms are kept at −18 °C (−0.4 °F). The low temperature and limited access to oxygen will ensure low metabolic activity and delay seed aging. The permafrost surrounding the facility will help maintain the low temperature of the seeds if the electricity supply fails.[42][34] " -from Svalbard Global Seed Vault - Wikipedia
 
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For long term seed storage I believe the freezer is the best. I'm pretty sure that's why the Global Seed Vault is in the Artic.

"The seeds are stored in sealed three-ply foil packages,[25] then placed into plastic tote containers on metal shelving racks. The storage rooms are kept at −18 °C (−0.4 °F). The low temperature and limited access to oxygen will ensure low metabolic activity and delay seed aging. The permafrost surrounding the facility will help maintain the low temperature of the seeds if the electricity supply fails.[42][34] " -from Svalbard Global Seed Vault - Wikipedia
They also have the kind of lab equipment that can freeze seeds with the least amount of cellular damage. Freezing generally damages cells though.
 
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They also have the kind of lab equipment that can freeze seeds with the least amount of cellular damage. Freezing generally damages cells though.
I’ve had breeders tell me to put my “fresh” seeds in the freezer before attempting to germinate them or if having issues germinating . Of course the fridge works also. Look up Seed Stratification. It’s like mimicking mother nature. Here’s a cool article Seed Stratification: A Comprehensive Guide to This Seed Germination Trick
 
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I've definelty read both ways on that. Lots of seeds would never freeze where they grow naturally.
Only real issue I have with freezing is it would have to be individual containers so your not removing every seed anytime you want a few.
I may freeze a couple half packs if I can find rhe right containers. Store the other half just in a dry cool dark area. Couple years see whats what. I have enough packs I could easily tuck a few away and not notice. Use 5 different packs. Gerrminate one pack a year for 5 years and see how they perform. Easy enough. Would love to know I could buy a dedicated deep freezer for my collection. Would make me buy more though and that's not good.
 
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I've definelty read both ways on that. Lots of seeds would never freeze where they grow naturally.
Only real issue I have with freezing is it would have to be individual containers so your not removing every seed anytime you want a few.
I may freeze a couple half packs if I can find rhe right containers. Store the other half just in a dry cool dark area. Couple years see whats what. I have enough packs I could easily tuck a few away and not notice. Use 5 different packs. Gerrminate one pack a year for 5 years and see how they perform. Easy enough. Would love to know I could buy a dedicated deep freezer for my collection. Would make me buy more though and that's not good.
Lol that’s why I said for long term storage. Also like Phylex does, desiccant packs are a must to help with condensation. This conversation has helped me realize I could freeze a lot of seeds I have because there’s a lot of packs I don’t see myself getting to anytime soon. I know people that buy mini fridges for their dabs so a mini freezer dedicated for your seeds isn’t that far fetched.
 
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Just read a blurb from UC Davis. That says short term 5° Celsius and dry. Long term 0 to -20 Celsius, really long term flash freeze and store at -180 cryogenically.
Cryogenic container for around $400 and liquid nitrogen is cheap enough. Have to refill liquid nitrogen every 3 to 6 months. That would be awesome. Mix in some tissue cultures and start a private cannabis depository.
Also had a simple equation for "satisfactory" storage.
Temp in Fahrenheit + % humidity < 100
Can see obvious problems with that but I also can see above 100 being bad always.
Interesting stuff and something I should think about since Ill probably will about 1500 seeds to my kids someday.
 
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Just read a blurb from UC Davis. That says short term 5° Celsius and dry. Long term 0 to -20 Celsius, really long term flash freeze and store at -180 cryogenically.
Cryogenic container for around $400 and liquid nitrogen is cheap enough. Have to refill liquid nitrogen every 3 to 6 months. That would be awesome. Mix in some tissue cultures and start a private cannabis depository.
Also had a simple equation for "satisfactory" storage.
Temp in Fahrenheit + % humidity < 100
Can see obvious problems with that but I also can see above 100 being bad always.
Interesting stuff and something I should think about since Ill probably will about 1500 seeds to my kids someday.
Just start growing more now. 😉😉😉
Ive thought of that too though. Like what'll happen to the seed collection should something happen to me. Lol.
 
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Mylar bags, inside of cheap photo album sleeves, inside of Tupperware containers, inside of a vacuum sealed bag.

I'm trying to break my collection up into never touch and touch frequently so I can determine parts that will stay frozen versus just refrigerated
 
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Although I really like @Phylex solution, I would like to find one that can maintain the integrity of a sealed pack. Likely I'll end up getting something like Phylex because of the volume of seeds I'm anticipating I'll be running and need to keep organized. But for the ones I wanna keep in a pack, I need something better than the CD case.
 
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Mylar bags, inside of cheap photo album sleeves, inside of Tupperware containers, inside of a vacuum sealed bag.

I'm trying to break my collection up into never touch and touch frequently so I can determine parts that will stay frozen versus just refrigerated
Me too. I used a small tote in a mini fridge with a layer of desiccant that's the same as found inside window spacers.
 
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Although I really like @Phylex solution, I would like to find one that can maintain the integrity of a sealed pack. Likely I'll end up getting something like Phylex because of the volume of seeds I'm anticipating I'll be running and need to keep organized. But for the ones I wanna keep in a pack, I need something better than the CD case.
I know that I need to get mine out of the soft-page photo albums but like you I would also prefer to preserve the breeder packaging. I have looked at these but do not like that they are clear. I thought about getting some and spray painting them black.

 
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