What’s the oldest seed you’ve successfully sprouted? Robert Krulwich has done a round-up of seeds that made the unlikely journey through time, from lost seed packets that were found when they sprouted to the oldest-known sprouting seed: A 2,000 year old date palm that’s already produced a fruit.


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Parsley is notoriously difficult to start from seed, especially when you are trying to, but when I took a three year old packet of it out and sprinkled it in with the potted plants on my fire escape, most of them germinated.