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    I saved a lot of kale seed heads in a trug in the GH. Bit by bit I've been popping the seed cases to release the seeds leaving the seeds and chaff in the trug.
    Today I sieved the lot to separate the seeds from the chaff - then some of the seeds moved and began scuttling around the bowl.
    They look like tiny spiders or mites - brown/grey.
    Any idea what they are?
    Would freezing kill them? Would it kill the seeds too?
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    How long ago did you collect the seeds? If it's ages ago, it seems unlikely that aphids would have survived all that time. Maybe it was something that opportunistically made a home in the trug.

    I bet, however, that you could freeze kale seeds. After all, they're hardy plants and self-sown seeds will have to cope with frosts. Why not try a few and then see if they'll germinate on some kitchen paper?
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    I "think" they're the ones I sent you SP so you'd better check yours too. Collected a few months ago.
    I'm pretty sure the mite things have arrived recently, maybe moved in from summat that was in the GH where the trug was. Not too worried about them myself as I don't really need more seeds but I'd hoped to share them. Won't do that now - don't want to share my bugs
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    Would freezing kill them? Would it kill the seeds too?
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    VC I'm sure I've read about heritage varieties seeds being frozen so it must be ok to do it.
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    Sounds to me like they're new arrivals since you collected the seed, then. I'll check mine too. Thanks. I didn't sow any in the end: I'm really conserving water at the moment. Will wait for next year.
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    Yes, thinking about it, all the seed banks that keep seeds for future diversity deep freeze their seed packets

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    This link might help ID the mites? It says at the end;
    If insects are infesting ornaments or decorations made with plant products or seeds, place the items in a freezer for at least four days.
    Insect pests of stored foods : Insects : University of Minnesota Extension

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