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Learn How to Store Seeds + 15 Creative Seed Storage Ideas

If you’re wondering how to store seeds or looking for seed storage ideas, I’ve got a lot of great ideas! I’ll share what I think is the best garden seed organizer ever and give you lots of other options that work well too!

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Learn How to Store Seeds with 15 Creative Seed Storage Ideas

How to Store Seeds Properly

To properly store seeds, you want to remember three things: 

  1. Store them in a dark area, away from direct sunlight.
  2. Keep them dry
  3. And keep them cool. 

Seeds need warmth, moisture, and light to germinate and you don’t want that to happen if you plan to store them for a long time. So choose where to store seeds carefully – making sure the location is cool, dark, and dry. Beyond storing though, you’ll also want to organize seeds.

How to Organize Your Garden Seeds

Now you know why it’s in your best interest to learn how to store seeds correctly. Lets think about how organize them in the manner that works best for your brain! 

Why Organize Your Garden Seeds?

Organizing seeds is important for many reasons. First of all – seed storage helps with organization. Being organized saves time and money. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ordered a particular seed only to find out I already have three packets of the same seed!

Being organized can also help you be more productive in the garden. Depending on your seed organization methods, it’s a way to know how to start seeds indoors, when to start seeds indoors, when to winter sow, and when and what to plant outside.

But perhaps, equally as important, proper seed storage helps keep seeds viable for as long as possible. Stronger, more viable seeds will germinate quicker with a better germination rate. They’ll also grow better and be more productive in the garden.

Use alphabetical order for seed organization

There are several ways you can organize your garden seeds. Some people prefer to alphabetize the seeds in a simple tote. Anise, broccoli, carrots etc.

Organize seeds by dates

Some people like to organize seeds by the dates they will need them. Put all seeds together, for instance that need to be started indoors around the same time. This is a great way to make sure you stay on top of seed starting and also sow seeds at the right time.

  • Peppers and eggplants can be stored together because they need a long time to grow from starts before they’re planted outside.
  • Cool weather crops like radish, carrots, and lettuce can be stored together because they can be directly sown into the garden around the same time.

Organize seeds by planting guide

Some people like to organize seeds based on where they intend to plant them. If you use raised garden beds, this can be a great way to make sure you fill each bed according to your garden planting guide.

Organize seeds by type

One of the easiest ways to organize flower and vegetable seeds is to group them by type. All tomato varieties are stored together. Lettuce packets are grouped together. Flower seeds are grouped together. And so on. 

My own personal organizational preference for storing garden seeds has been to group types of seeds together. I have recently started sorting them by date, however, and that helps keep me on track to start seeds on time and also sow seeds in the garden on time.

metal box seed storage ideas

15 Creative Seed Storage Ideas 

I promised you creative seed storage solutions, and here you are! From plastic bags, to plastic sleeves and photo albums, to photo storage boxes, and covered totes, you will find a great option for your seed collection. 

You can find great ways to store seeds at stores like the Dollar Store, Amazon, and even among items you save at home. Here are some airtight containers that make the best seed storage containers.

Best Containers for Storing Seed Packets or Paper Envelopes

Practical Containers for Seeds you Save Yourself


My Favorite Garden Seed Organizer

For years I had a haphazard garden seed organizing system which amounted to shoving seed packets in a shoebox or a ziplock baggie (or both) and putting them in a “safe spot” I was sure to forget about. Sound familiar at all? If you’re like I was, I highly recommend upgrading to this awesome photo box I got on Amazon. I think it’s a real bargain at under $20.

Seed storage containers come in many different sizes, but I think this one is the best way to save the seeds for my flower and vegetable garden. It’s one big box with 16 individual plastic containers inside. The 4×6 size is perfect for keeping seed packets.

tomatoes in my favorite seed saving box

Further organize the boxes by labeling with stickers or a label maker and your seeds are easy to find when you need them!

The Best Garden Seed Organizer Ever!

All in all, I love this seed saving box. It’s easy to use, handy to store, and quick to find. It makes ordering new seeds a snap and keeps all my pretty little lovelies safe and sound. If you’d like to order one too, you can find them at Amazon or craft stores like Michael’s. 

Close the seed packets tightly

My only caveat is that you have to close each envelope tightly or the seeds will fall out. That’s not necessarily a huge problem unless you have a lot of different types of seed packets open in each box. It’s pretty hard to tell one broccoli seed from a kale or cabbage seed!

Frequently asked questions about seed saving

4 x 6 boxes for saving seeds in my favorite box

Like these seed storage ideas? Try these posts:

Tips for Ordering Garden Seeds

How to Start Seeds Indoors

Tips for Starting Broccoli & Other Brassicas

Free Catalogs for the Organic Gardener / Homesteader

My favorite way to store garden seeds is in this garden seed organizer.


Saturday 20th of March 2021

Love this idea! I’ll be ordering one soon. Also, Baker Creek is by far my favorite seed company! They’re all we use now.


Wednesday 4th of March 2020

Such a great idea! Exactly what we need around here- thanks for sharing!!


Saturday 16th of March 2019

Upate: purple handle is now $28.99 on AZ.


Monday 7th of January 2019

Do you still use this method of storage? I'd love to know!


Tuesday 8th of January 2019

Yes, I do! I really love it. I should make a quick video to share! :-)

Shelby Hamden

Wednesday 8th of February 2017

Love it! I think I saw these at a craft store recently, I never thought to use it for seeds! I'll have to get one - thank you!

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