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planting un-stratisfied jm seeds now

Posted by MAPLE-JACK none (My Page) on
Wed, May 11, 11 at 12:20

I bought various J.Maple seeds (200) on Eaby this winter and stuck the envelopes in the fridge. If I plant them now...
1. Will they be to fragile to survive when winter comes (N.J. zone 6b)? I have an unheated greenhouse.
2.Do I have to "nick" each seed (being that they have a harder coat), then soak 24 hrs before planting?

Thanks for any help, Jack

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RE: planting un-stratisfied jm seeds now

  • Posted by morz8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Wed, May 11, 11 at 13:06

Putting your seeds dry in the refrigerator didn't count towards conditioning them...they need the chill and the chill must be moist, dry is only storage.

There is no need to nick. Sowing in Fall when seeds are immediately ripe is best - seed pots left outdoors exposed to fluctuating late Fall and Winter temps will often germinate the first Spring. If you haven't had them in time to sow right after harvest, pour hot water over seeds and leave them 24-48 hours. Then provide a moist chill of approx 40F, 2 - 4 months. You can accomplish that by putting the seeds in a bit of moist sterile vermiculite or moist sterile sand and placing them in a dated zip lock bag in the refrigerator.

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