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Re: germination temps was: hum....

Chris, Auralie, Marge,

I think that what one person might interpret as being given absolute
instructions, might simply have been given as optimal instructions.

Marge wrote re Nyssa " I am sure
that any seed that dropped to make those trees didn't get a constant
germination temp."

But of course not all seed germinated (or Marge would never be able to get
out of her forest).  Chris looked to Dirr for optimum results instructions
in the hope of a high percentage of germination.

When I read instructions that say "must be planted in situ", I know that for
me, that absolutely never works.  It may be optimum instructions for most
gardeners, but I get zip.  However, I realize because I don't do it that
way, I may get low germ in the house or lose many in transplanting, but at
least I will likely get something.

neIN, Z5

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Christopher P. Lindsey" <lindsey@mallorn.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 8:56 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] germination temps was: hum....

> > Am always curious about absolutes in seed
> > germination instructions:-)  Ma Nature knows no absolutes :-)
> > So true, Marge.  I decided years ago that any time someone tells me that
> > something in the plant world must be done in one exact way and no other,
> > I immediately make a mental note that that person doesn't know what
> > is talking about.
> In this case it sounds like Nyssa sylvatica is an exception -- you get
> better germination with constant cold temperatures.  And since it's Mike
> Dirr's favorite tree and he's spent years trying to find better ways to
> propagate it, I figure he knows what he's talking about.  ;)
> That sounds confrontational -- it wasn't meant to be.  I'm just tired.
> boiler guy is here and gave me a $500 quote for repair.  Ack!
> Chris
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