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Re: germinating seeds, saltpetre


Cool - how long do you soak them?  An hour, overnight?  And particular water temperature?
Let me go brush Sugar real quick before she rips the back of this chair off - back in a minute...


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: jim singer <jsinger@igc.org>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Tue, 17 Dec 2002 18:22:55 -0500

>now, cut that out!
>
>just a pinch in 6 to 8 ounces of spring water. i didn't invent it; read it 
>in the pepper gal's catalog, i think. but it really works.
>
>
>
>At 07:12 PM 12/17/02 -0600, you wrote:
>>Saltpetre helps pepper seeds to germinate?  Do you soak them?  What is 
>>your procedure oh wise one!!
>>
>>Pam
>>
>>---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
>>From: jim singer <jsinger@igc.org>
>>Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
>>Date:  Tue, 17 Dec 2002 16:20:46 -0500
>>
>> >i think that's what i would do, too, margaret. i've got a small bottle of
>> >saltpetre that i bought from the local pharmacist for a buck or two that
>> >works wonders on pepper seeds.
>> >
>> >the drupe of the oregon grape is kind of fleshy [enough to jam or jelly, i
>> >understand], so i think i'd dry them and peel them first.
>> >
>> >
>> >At 08:31 AM 12/17/02 -0700, you wrote:
>> >>Mahonia is native in my area (SW Idaho), and in the past, birds have
>> >>planted it here and there in my yard, in locations I was not thrilled
>> >>about. I've tried to move small shrubs many times with zero survival
>> >>rate.  Finally they planted one on a berm, good location, so I've left it
>> >>and loved it.  There's a twist.  However, I think this coming summer I'll
>> >>try reproducing that for other parts of my yard.  I'm fairly successful
>> >>with spring cuttings from woody plants (herbaceous tips), and I'd like to
>> >>see about germinating some seeds.  Capsaicin (providing the heat) in hot
>> >>chiles doesn't affect birds, so they are the planters and propagators of
>> >>"bird chiles" -- i.e., tiny beak-sized chiles such as chiltepins.  Seeds
>> >>of those chiles are difficult to germinate by humans but not by
>> >>birds.  Hmm.  The seeds have passed through a bird's gut and emerged with
>> >>some ready made fertilizer.  I've found chiltepins and other small hot
>> >>chiles germinate rather easily if given an overnight soak in saltpetre
>> >>water (1 t saltpeter to 1 quart of water). I think I'll do the same with
>> >>mahonia seeds.  Margaret L
>> >>
>> >>>Hi Kitty and all-
>> >>>
>> >>>Got the Feb issue of Horticulture in the mail today- has articles on 
>> several
>> >>>plants we've discussed in the past- mahonia and epimedium- nice pics too.
>> >>>
>> >>>Theresa
>> >>\
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