Understanding the Shelf Life of your Seed Quilts

Understanding the Shelf Life of your Seed Quilts


Hey Hamama Friends!

Have you ever wondered about the shelf-life of your Seed Quilts? We’re here to provide some clarification on the subject!


Understanding the Sell-By Date on your Seed Quilt:

🗓 A sell-by date is not synonymous with a use-by date. According to seed labeling laws, the sell-by date for our seeds must be 1 year from the initial germination test date. After this date, the seeds can absolutely still be sold & used, they just need to be re-tested to ensure that the germination rates still meet quality standards. Seeds that pass germination testing a second time can then re-labeled or re-stickered with the new test and sell-by dates.


🌎 In efforts to be as eco-friendly as possible, we opt not to print all new labels for the re-tested Seed Quilts. Instead, we place a sticker on the outer package (on the back) to endorse that the Seed Quilt has been re-tested & has passed the germination quality standards. The sticker provides a new test and sell-by date.


🌱 The germination rate & quality is how seeds are judged as "good" or viable, so there really is no such thing as "fresh" or "old" seeds. They don't go bad, i.e. if the seeds are re-tested and the germination rate passes the minimum standards, they are still very much "good!" All of our seeds are tested (and re-tested if needed based on the original sell-by date) for germination % and only the ones that pass the germination standards are shipped out to our consumers.


See a past sell-by date on your Seed Quilt label? Do you recall seeing the sticker on the outer package of your Seed Quilt before you opened it? If that was missed, no worries! You can always check our Seed Testing table online (updated monthly) here.

We want to reassure you that no matter when you buy Seed Quilts from us, you can trust that we are staying 100% up to date with testing / retesting in order to verify that all seeds are passing the germination standards. Again, seeds don't "go bad" and there is really no such thing as "fresh" seeds - the quality of your grow is all based on the germination rate! 👍


Buying in bulk? (Way to go, brocstar! Not only does that save you $, but it helps the environment too!) Just a reminder that our ungrown Seed Quilts can maintain their germination rates for several years if stored properly. The best way to store them is in a cool, dark place like your pantry! Just watch out for prolonged exposure to high heat & humidity while storing.

*If you are planning on storing your Seed Quilts for more than 6 months, we recommend you consider storing them in your refrigerator!

@hamama_greens Storing your Seed Quilts for 6+ months? We recommend storing them in the fridge! 🙂

We hope this helps clear up any misconceptions about the longevity of your Seed Quilts. If you have any questions or concerns, send them our way at hamama.com/help as always. If you are experiencing any growing issues, we are always here to help with that too! You may also check out our virtual growing support on our YouTube channel.


Happy growing! 💚

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