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Survival Seeds: Test Your Post-apocalyptic Gardening Knowledge
by Staff

What makes a seed a "survival seed"?

  • It's a non-hybrid, open-pollinated variety.
  • It's been properly dried for long-term storage.
  • both of the above
  • Any seed can be a survival seed.

Why don't hybrid seeds qualify as survival seeds?

  • Saved seeds from hybrids produce unreliable crops.
  • Cross-bred seeds are naturally sterile.
  • Hybrid seeds are genetically modified to be sterile.

There are many ways to pollinate an open-pollinated plant. Which of the following is NOT how open-pollinated plants are pollinated?

  • bees
  • wind
  • a botanist
  • non-bee insects

True or false: Open-pollinated plants are more genetically diverse than hybrids.

  • true
  • false

Are heirloom seeds the same as survival seeds?

  • yes
  • no
  • Some are, some are not.

Which types of seeds should be in your doomsday survival kit?

  • fruits and vegetables
  • grains
  • legumes
  • all of the above

True or false: Other than for planting, survival seeds might be used for currency or bartering in a post-apaocalyptic scenario.

  • true
  • false

Where was the world's first global seed bank built?

  • United States
  • Russia
  • Norway
  • Japan

What factors determine successful long-term seed storage?

  • ambient temperature and humidity
  • seed moisture
  • seed quality
  • all of the above

What type of seeds should be stored long term?

  • intermediate
  • orthodox
  • recalcitrant

At what temperature does the U.S. seed bank at Fort Collins store seeds?

  • zero degrees Fahrenheit (minus 17.8 degrees Celsius)
  • 32 degrees Fahrenheit (zero degrees Celsius)
  • 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius)
  • 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius)

Which of the following storage conditions is NOT recommended for storing your own survival seeds at home?

  • Store seeds in a dry location.
  • Store seeds in low ambient light.
  • Store seeds below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4.4 degrees Celsius)
  • Store seeds in airtight, moisture-proof containers.

Why is it important to dry your seeds before storing them?

  • It lowers the risk of fungal damage.
  • It lowers the risk of insect damage.
  • It lowers the risk of seed-borne diseases.
  • all of the above

Reducing seed moisture content by what percentage will double the lifespan of the seed?

  • 1 percent
  • 5 percent
  • 7 percent

Which of these is a sign that your seeds have aged too long?

  • They germinate poorly.
  • They germinate more slowly than expected.
  • They produce fewer seedlings than expected.
  • all of the above

Survival seeds should be easy to grow. Which of the following is considered an easy-to-grow fruit or vegetable?

  • beans and potatoes
  • oats
  • tomatoes and zucchini
  • All of these are considered easy to grow.

One of these popular vegetables is resistant to frost. Which one?

  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • peas

Why is planting cover crops important?

  • Cover crops keep soil nitrogen-rich.
  • Cover crops serve as natural mulch and weed control.
  • Cover crops are natural pest-deterrent.
  • all of the above

What characteristics are important in survival seeds?

  • disease and pest resistance
  • drought and temperature tolerance
  • time until harvest, nutritional quality and size of the bounty
  • all of the above

Which of the following is the most tolerant of weather and temperature changes?

  • corn
  • tomatoes
  • radishes