You know all those racks full of seed packets that pop up in stores in the spring and early summer? By midsummer, they’re usually gone. But there are still lots of leftover seed packets in the displays before they disappear.
So what happens to these seeds?
I can’t imagine that they’re thrown out. Most varieties remain viable for a number of years if they’re stored properly–usually in a cool and dry place. Conditions in the average retail store are less than ideal, but in the vast majority of cases, the germination percentage would remain high enough that the seeds would still have some value. Right?
So are they repackaged and sold at a discount? Or are they indeed thrown out?