Winter sowing conifers
I just read about this winter sowing group and though - what a great idea!
I am, however, primarily interested in sowing conifers.
Now, some of you may remember that this can be quite complicated, and that's why I thought winter sowing might be worth trying.
I have three major "problems" to deal with
1) Many conifer seeds need stratification (a "cold" period) before they can be awakened from dormancy. I guess winter sowing should take care of that.
2) Many conifer seeds take a long time germinating (may be months) and during that entire period you need to make sure that the moisture level is just right - not to low and not to high. I guess sowing outdoors in general should take care of that.
3) My seedlings are commonly infected by fungi. I've got chemicals to take care of it, but they are all unpleasant and i'd rather not. Hope sowing outdoors should take care of that!
Anyone with experience in this area? Someone to tell me that this is a good idea? Or a bad idea maybe, and why?
Best regards, Hans Olav