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Ilex aquifolium seed

Posted by Edlyn12 none (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 2, 12 at 4:33

I have read that Holly seed can take three years to germinate.Is there any way I can make it germinate quicker.Do I peel the skin a bit or peel it hard?Help please.


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RE: Ilex aquifolium seed

  • Posted by morz8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 2, 12 at 11:49

Do you have a bird you could enlist to help? Passed through the digestive system of a bird, the seeds have much of their germination inhibitors removed ;) I know it works, I pull a lot of holly seedlings from my beds and the nearest fruiting trees are a block away.

You could try this: (Clothiers) wash seed 3 times daily 14 days, then sow @ 72F for slow germination. (up to 18 months)

I don't know what climate you are in, but I might suspect that fluctuating temperatures may help, as in what would be found outdoors, not only the seasons, but drops at night from daytime warmth. If you are someplace though where pots might be frozen at some point for weeks at a time, it could delay the process until temperatures are not quite so cold.


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RE: Ilex aquifolium seed

Thank you for your reply Morz8.But could you answer this.Should I peel the seed or not?Could anybody else help me with this question?

Thank You,
Edlyn12


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RE: Ilex aquifolium seed

  • Posted by morz8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Sat, Aug 4, 12 at 1:31

Have the berries dried? Soaking and washing the seed 3 x a day for two weeks should remove most of the pulp and the germination inhibitors there. If you are able to peel some of it back, do that. Easiest would be to crush when fresh, remove the seeds then.


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RE: Ilex aquifolium seed

Thank you.I will try that.I really apprecciated you replying.

Thank You,
Edlyn12


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