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Best Method for Seed Starting...

Posted by gardenlady48 z5 IL (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 11, 07 at 11:39

I have American Bittersweet seeds I saved over the winter in a cold garage. Do I need to do anything special to get these to germinate? Can I just plant them directly in the ground?
Thank you for your time! :-)

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RE: Best Method for Seed Starting...

  • Posted by morz8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Sun, Mar 11, 07 at 12:43

Fall sowing may have been a better choice. With it now being almost mid March, you may have to do the stratifying (moist chill for the seeds) in your refrigerator. To save space, put the seeds in a tiny zip lock with a small amount of moist sterile sand or moist vermiculite...just a tsp will be fine for several seeds - they don't have to be buried. Write the date on the bag, when the moist chill is finished, you can sow the contents of the bag, no need to extract the seeds.

Celastrus scandens , American bittersweet , store fresh seed 6m, then sow 3-6m @ 39F, move to 70F for germ.

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