The best seed storage containers keep all your seeds organized and in one place. Plus they are easy to transport. You’ll never believe it, but the best seed storage containers are photo boxes! That’s right. Photo boxes.
Several years ago I started keeping my seeds in photo storage boxes, and have no plans to ever do anything different.
Using Photo Boxes for Seed Storage
All your seeds in one place.
Easy to alphabetize and organize.
Just grab the seeds you need, or the whole box.
Clear plastic allows you to easily take inventory.
Waterproof and easily washable.
If your seed packet is opened or seeds can get mixed or spilled.
Moisture could get trapped inside containers and cause mold or rotting.
Plastic can break if dropped or stepped on.
I have not had issues with any of my seeds being stored in this way. I often keep seed packets that are “expired” from the year before and have still had decent germination rates.
My large “suitcase” container did get a corner cracked when I dropped it, but I just used some packaging tape to make a repair, and it’s still going strong.
Setting Up The Storage Containers
You can purchase photo storage cases at many mainstream retailers or online. I found one with 16 slot that works perfectly for the seed planting that I typically do. If you needed more than one due to your seed usage or organization preferences, it easy to customize what you need to your style.
I used a permanent marker to write the names of each type of seed on the individual cases. Since I didn’t want to make one case for each seed packet, I grouped similar plant families together.
Below is how I have organized mine.
My Seed Storage Categories
Beans: green, bush, stringless,…
Herbs: parsley, basil, dill, lavender, rosemary, oregano,…
Flowers: sunflowers, snapdragons,…
Lettuce: lettuce, cabbage, spinach,…
Melons: watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew,…
Peppers: bell, jalepeno, banana,…
Pumpkins: pie, jack-be-little, ornamental,…
Radishes: radish, turnip, parsnip,…
Summer Squash: zucchini, yellow zucchini, crookneck,…
Winter Squash: butternut, buttercup, acorn, ornamentals,…
Misc.: I have one extra that I use for all the seeds that don’t fit into a particular category. Extra storage containers are also useful for holding wooden sticks for labeling plants, permanent markers, and other necessities.
I keep the seed storage containers in our garage, along with a tote of random gardening supplies like potting soil, gloves, and small garden tools.
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