If you store the seeds you’ve purchased or saved you know how it can be very difficult to organize them. Through trial and error, I have found the best way to store your seeds to keep them organized and easy to access to know what seeds you have and when it is time to plant them.
Goals in seed storage
Keep them safe from moisture, heat, and direct sunlight.
Organized to know what seeds you have.
Easy access without having to dig through piles of seed packets.
Minimize the space needed to store the seeds.
I have tried many storage containers from baby food jars, empty pill bottles, and brown lunch sacks. None of these worked very well either taking too much space to store them to not being able to easily know what seeds you have and the lunch sacks allowed small seeds to fall out the bottom mixing my seeds up.
If you think keeping them in their original packaging will make it easy, not so fast it is a mess to try to find the seeds you are looking for when you are planting or taking inventory of your seeds.
Best Seed Storage Containers
I have only listed one type of storage container since I have not found any better way to store seeds based on cost, ease of access, and safety.
The smaller storage containers inside the larger box are a perfect size for seed packets or envelopes that your seeds come in, and they can fit several packets per smaller container.
The seed containers are easy to label for reading without having to open the box, and they can be easily accessed.
The price for these containers is very reasonable with 16 separate storage boxes.
The containers will keep your seeds dry and they can be stacked for easy storage.
- Perfect storage system for your seeds
- One large container to store 16 4 x 6 boxes with handle for easy carrying
- each box closes to secure your seed packets
- Strong box for storing and organizing smaller boxes
- clear viewing to see what is in each
Why it is important to have a good storage system for garden seeds
Your garden seeds can last for years if you have a good storage container.
When you go shopping for seeds for the next year’s planting you want to have an easy way to know what seeds you already have to know what seeds you need to purchase.
It is critical to have a safe way to store your seeds in damp conditions to extend their life.
The cost of seeds can add up so you do not want to spend money unnecessarily if you don’t have to.
If you have heirloom seeds that you have saved or been passed down to you, the last thing you want is for those seeds to get damaged or lost.
How to use this storage container for your seeds
In the picture, you can see several ways to store your seeds.
You can save space by storing several varieties in one box like I have done with a general label of Cucumbers for all my cucumber seeds.
The other way I have labeled them is for each variety to have a separate box like I have done for the tomato seeds.
If you want to separate each large box by types such as flowers, vegetables, or herbs you can easily accomplish this.
Use paper packets such as original packets seeds came in, envelopes, paper lunch sacks, coin, or stamp packets along with the photo storage containers to keep your seeds for easy identification and safe storage at an inexpensive cost to you.
Other seed storage containers
Baby food jars
Even though these are a good way to save small seeds they take up a lot of room and they are not easy to the identification of what seeds you have without digging through the jars.
Empty pill bottles
These are also an inexpensive way to repurpose the containers but they take up a lot of room and are difficult to identify what seeds you have.
Paper lunch bags
These are inexpensive and best for larger seeds since small seeds will fall out the bottom of the bags, you can use these along with the photo storage containers for larger seeds but not smaller seeds. These bags are not good by themselves since they are difficult to identify what you have without digging through all the bags of seeds.
Original seed packets
Again this is great to keep your seeds in but not to store them on their own since it is difficult to identify what seeds you have without digging through them. I do recommend using these along with the photo storage containers.
These are great to use along with the photo storage containers since small seeds can be stored easily but they are not good to use on their own since it will be difficult to identify what seeds you have.
Now that you have the best way to store your seeds to keep them for years and to easily be able to identify what seeds you have get started collecting seeds to plant, and share with others.